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Static load testing

The car of race retiree Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Sauber C32.
Formula One World Championship, Rd3, Chinese Grand Prix, Race Day, Shanghai, China, Sunday, 14 April 2013

In addition to impact tests, Formula One cars, and in particular the survival cell that houses the driver, must also pass static load tests. These ensure that the structure of the car meets minimum strength requirements.

The survival cell is tested, as is the nose and the rear impact structure of the car. In addition, the floor below the fuel tank and the cockpit, and the rim of the cockpit must also pass strict tests. All of these requirements help to make Formula One cars safer than ever before.

As with impact tests, cars must pass static load tests before they can take to the track.