The FIA medical car, a Mercedes-Benz estate car, arrives at the scenes of accidents during Formula One races. It is driven by a professional medical car driver, which is currently Alan van der Merwe. The passenger of the car is usually a certified FIA doctor (Dr. Ian Roberts in recent years), usually to check to see if the driver is in good health.
History[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Medical car driver
The medical car, along with the Safety Car, has been an important part of Formula One events since the late 1970's. The medical car was commissioned by Dr. Sid Watkins, chief medical officer of Formula One, after the tragic events of the 1978 Italian Grand Prix.
During the morning warm up of the Brazilian Grand Prix, Alex Ribeiro, the driver of the Medical Car arrived at the scene of Enrique Bernoldi's crash, but just as he opened the driver door, Nick Heidfeld came along in his Sauber, and smashed into the open door. It was Ribeiro's second mishap whilst driving the Medical Car, after he crashed the Medical Car into the barriers at the Monaco Grand Prix in 2000.
Cars[edit | edit source]
- 2008: Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Wagon