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Barrichello gets revised HANS 20 Mar 2003

Rubens Barrichello (BRA) Ferrari 
Formula One World Championship, Rd1, Australian Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, 8 March 2003

After complaining bitterly about the HANS Head and Neck Safety system in Melbourne, and blaming it for his accident on the sixth lap, Rubens Barrichello will have a revised system this weekend.

"On Friday and Saturday I had no problems whatsoever," the Ferrari driver said. "But on the grid something was happening and all of a sudden I lost air. The carbon fibre was really hitting my collarbone so I don't know how I would have finished the race."

The HANS system incorporates a bag of foam and air that sits beneath the carbon fibre collar to cushion the driver. When Barrichello lost the air from his bag the collar rubbed on his collarbone, causing his discomfort. The Brazilian will use a wider collar with revised air sacs this weekend in an attempt to alleviate his Australian Grand Prix problem.

Meanwhile, support for HANS came from an unlikely source, previous sceptic Juan Pablo Montoya. "I'm not a believer," he admitted, "but I just get on with it. It's good. I was complaining last year, but they figured my problem was with the car so they modified the new chassis so I fitted more comfortably, and to be honest with you, in Melbourne I didn't even feel HANS. Now it feels weird driving without it."