Exclusive: How to run a Grand Prix
TG gains unprecedented access for a behind-the-scenes look at the FIA at work at the Brazil 2012 finale
Posted: 19 Feb 2013
The aim is to deliver the most fastidiously observed, least tortuous Grand Prix possible. The safest, too, given that F1 is the perfect platform for the FIA's worldwide push for safer roads (the FIA's Action For Road Safety campaign is a major preoccupation of the President, Jean Todt). The FIA's F1 medical delegate is Jean-Charles Piette, who is also stationed in Race Control when there is on-track action. The medical infrastructure at a GP is astonishing, including up to six ‘medical intervention vehicles' and eight ambulances depending on circuit length, a fully equipped medical centre with resuscitation units, and up to 100 support staff trained to deal with all sorts of trauma.
Piette also visits new circuits seven months in advance, and ensures that the facilities and staff are up to the FIA's strict requirements, as laid out in a 16-page document. Nothing is left to chance. Piette shows me a rota, outlining ‘extrication practice'. "Every Thursday before a race, we do a full extrication simulation, according to a schedule I have sent the teams in advance. There are six people on each extrication squad, including a driver."