The Seventies

Alan Jones in the Williams. © Williams F1 Emerson Fittipaldi (BRA) Lotus 72C retired on lap 55 with a broken rear suspension. Spanish Grand Prix, Montjuich Park, 18 April 1971. World © Phipps/Sutton A marshal stands by the barrier with his array of race flags as fourth placed Jochen Mass (GER) McLaren enter Loews. Monaco Grand Prix, Rd 6, Monte Carlo, 22 May 1977. World © Phipps/Sutton

In the Seventies, the focus is on vehicle safety but attention is also paid to the circuit conditions and improving driver equipment. The fuel tanks, for example, undergo numerous improvements, as does the chassis structure. The cockpit opening is enlarged and two outside mirrors become mandatory.

1970:
- The FIA introduces circuit inspections before races.
- Stipulations include double crash barriers, a safety distance of three metres between fences and spectators, and a wall between the pit lane and the track.

1971:
- The cockpit must be designed in such a way that the driver can be rescued within five seconds.

1972:
- Head rests and red rear lights are introduced.
- The six-point harness becomes mandatory.

1973:
- Medical tests for all drivers.

1974:
- Safety walls become mandatory.

1975:
- The FIA defines the standard for fireproof clothing. The presence of marshals is mandatory.

1977:
- The FIA determines uniform specifications for gravel traps and defines the standard for helmets.

1978:
- Only drivers with an FIA Superlicence may enter Formula One races.

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