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The size of a Formula One car’s cockpit opening must comply with strict specifications. Compliance with these specifications is tested by lowering a specially made template into the cockpit.

Ferrari F60 front wing detail.

Formula One World Championship, Rd 16, Brazilian Grand Prix, Preparations, Interlagos, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, 15 October 2009

In addition to this, the cockpit must meet numerous other requirements. A driver must be able to get in and out of the car without removing anything other than its steering wheel. Once strapped into the car with all his safety gear on, he must be able to remove the steering wheel and get out within five seconds, and then replace the steering within a further five seconds.

Adrian Sutil (GER) Force India F1 VJM02 in the second practice session 

Formula One World Championship, Rd 17, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Practice Day, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Friday, 30 October 2009

The car’s survival cell structure, designed to protect the driver in the event of an accident, must extend at least 300mm beyond the drivers feet, which must not be forward of the front-wheel centre line.

Category: Rules & Regulations | Added by: vajmar1 (25.01.2011)
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