Head and Neck Support (HANS)

Nico Rosberg's Hans device

The Head and Neck Support or Hans device is a safety device used by racing drivers.

The device is worn on the driver's shoulders (as Nico Rosberg demonstrates, above). A vertical projection at the rear carries two tethers which are fixed to the driver's helmet. In a collision the tethers prevent the helmet moving forwards too far, which can cause serious neck injuries.

The Hans device was made mandatory in Formula 1 in 2003 and is commonly used in many other racing categories.

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