F1 Medical Services Unit at the Sepang Circuit must get the nod from F1 governing body FIA first before the Malaysian GP can be staged.
Lt Col (Dr) Saravanan Annamalai who is head of training and extrication for motorsports, explained that the Friday race action will not be allowed to proceed if the FIA medical delegate is not satisfied with the medical arrangements in place.
“We are tested on our readiness to respond to any emergency situation, either on or off the track. We also have training tests on extricating drivers from their cars,” he told, According to the Malaysian media Thestar.
“Previously, it was all about how fast you could extricate the drivers. But that’s no longer the case as we have to take care not to complicate their injuries, especially those involving the spinal cord or the neck.
“We extricate them by taking the whole seat from the car … and we wear our gloves all the time.”
He said the faster they could extricate a driver from the car, the better the driver’s chances of survival.
“We’ll train three teams during the tests this week, with each team comprising six members.
“Each team will have a doctor and a driver doubling up as a paramedic …they’ll train in an actual Formula One car.
“There will be a final assessment by the FIA medical delegate on Thursday. If we do not meet their requirements, there will be no Formula One race this weekend,” he explained.
Dr Sharifah Petom Syed Ali, the emergency physician specialising in motorsports, said that the unit is well-equipped to handle two emergency cases at any one time.
“We’ll have 49 doctors present this weekend. At the track medical centre, we have a group comprising two anaesthetists, a general surgeon, a burns specialist, a neurosurgeon, an orthopaedic surgeon, an emergency physician, a radiologist, two flight surgeon team and two helicopters on standby,” she said.