Recent changes to the FIA WEC Sporting Regulations have, as promised, clarified the process to be applied when the ‘Medical Light’ system is activated.
The medical light was introduced for the 2017 season in the FIA WEC. The system measures the G-force of an incident with a light system, visible externally in the windscreen, linked to the car’s data logger, and if it exceeds a pre-prescribed level, displays an external light to alert arriving rescue crews to the likelihood of medical intervention being required.
This light was first activated at the WEC 6 Hours of Silverstone after Jose Maria Lopez had an accident with the #7 Toyota. Lopez drove his bruised car back to the pits while the activated medical light suggested that he was possibly unfit to do this safely.
Lopez was taken to a medical centre for a precautionary check, then onwards for a precautionary scan to a local hospital. The driver missed the WEC 6 Hours of Spa as a consequence of this shunt.
Regulations now require that after an incident / accident, if the Medical Warning Light signals indicate that threshold forces have been exceeded, the driver must be examined by the Event medical service without delay.
The FIA Medical Delegate will determine the most appropriate place for this examination. The Race Director or the Clerk of the Course may allow the driver to drive the car directly back to his allocated working area or garage but the FIA Medical Delegate or the Event Chief Medical Officer must give their consent in advance.