close global

Welcome to GPFans

CHOOSE YOUR COUNTRY

  • NL
  • GB
  • ES-MX
  • US
  • GB
F1 pundit makes 'strangle' claim after Red Bull rookie's helmet struggles

F1 pundit makes 'strangle' claim after Red Bull rookie's helmet struggles

F1 pundit makes 'strangle' claim after Red Bull rookie's helmet struggles

F1 pundit makes 'strangle' claim after Red Bull rookie's helmet struggles

Sky Sports F1 pundit Anthony Davidson has explained the cause of an unusual incident suffered by Jake Dennis during FP1 at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The Formula E champion, who was given the chance to drive a Red Bull during practice as part of F1 young driver rules, had to come into the pits after complaining that his helmet was loose.

Whilst it was explained during the broadcast that this might be down to the increased speed and pressure on the body caused by driving an F1 car as opposed to a Formula E car, Davidson believes the issue may cause significant discomfort.

"The padding around you has to be so tight to stop it [the helmet] from moving so that it does its job as well as the strap," he said.

"So what happens is because if the padding isn't tight enough, then you rely just on the strap to hold the helmet in place and it strangles you.

Formula E champion Jake Dennis was given a chance in Formula 1 during FP1 at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Jake Dennis replaced three-time world champion Max Verstappen for practice at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Isack Hadjar took part alongside Jake Dennis, meaning there were two rookies in the car for the world champions at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

"It's basically getting garrotted down the straights as the helmet trying to lift off your head from the low pressure that's created around the cockpit and it's awfully uncomfortable, to the point where you have to come in."

Dennis replaces Verstappen at Red Bull

The 28-year-old Dennis was the most experienced racing driver among 10 rookies to be given an outing at the Yas Marina Circuit.

Having claimed this season's Formula E championship, the Brit will be hoping to drag himself into contention for a full-time seat on the F1 grid, particularly with spots at both AlphaTauri and Red Bull potentially up for grabs at the end of 2024.

Although only managing to finish 16th during FP1, Dennis' debut with the world champions did result in him going a few hundredths of a second faster than Isack Hadjar, the rookie in the other RB19 car.

READ MORE: Russell dominates Abu Dhabi Grand Prix practice for Mercedes

Related

Red Bull left STUNNED by rival's upgrades
F1 News & Gossip

Red Bull left STUNNED by rival's upgrades

  • Yesterday 21:12
Ricciardo reveals DREAM F1 career ending
F1 News & Gossip

Ricciardo reveals DREAM F1 career ending

  • February 28, 2024 22:27
Do Not Sell My Personal Information
Ontdek het op Google Play