Max Chilton's visor given to FIA
10 July 2013 – The Marussia F1 team has confirmed that one of Max Chilton’s visors has been handed to the FIA following an incident in practice at the German Grand Prix last weekend, when a stone got flicked up and hit the Englishman’s helmet.
The stone left a small dent in the Zylon strip, which is fitted to the visor and which was brought in at the start of the 2011 F1 season in response to what happened to Felipe Massa at the 2009 Hungarian GP when he was hit by a spring.
“Our Team Manager submitted the visor to the FIA and it is now with them. It [the incident] happened in FP3 when Max was slowing on an in-lap to the pits,” a spokesperson for Marussia told GPUpdate.net.
“The stone got flicked up somehow and it tore the branded vinyl section at the top of the visor.”
Zylon has a number of uses in F1 and in addition to reinforcing visors, it is also utilised to help strengthen the sides of the drivers' cockpits. Some wheel tethers are also made from Zylon, while the material has also been used for bulletproof vests and for rigging on yachts.