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F1 to set a new and innovative fuel safety system to avoid pit fires, like previous one hit in Williams’ garage during 2012 F1 season, the source Autosport reveals.

FIA is closely working with an American company Oscar Nelson Group on introducing in F1 their new decking system called MADMAT, and guaranteed its will be a big boost to safety.

MADMAT is originally created for military use to help with fuel fires on aircraft carriers and it is a sort of platform that is laid under areas where fuel can get spilled and also helps suffocate flames, cut temperature and minimise smoke in the event of a spillage getting ignited.

“If you had it within the garage areas of teams where they store their fuel, like Williams had [in 2012], it simply would not have burned like that. The teams are all quite keen on this, extremely keen on it, and the possibilities are quite endless because it is good not only for F1. Charlie Whiting told Autosport

“We could make it mandatory, although we are not sure if we will yet or not, but I think the teams are keen enough to do it anyway.”

Whiting suggests that MADMAT could transform garage safety at all levels of motor racing – and there would be no reason why circuits could not incorporate it themselves.

“It has massive possibilities for motor racing,” he said. “If F1 adopts it, then I think it is a very good sign – as there is no reason why it could not filter down.”

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