It is very likely that anyone interested in the world of safety, and in particular safety clothing, often wonders what kind of clothing is worn by Formula 1 drivers: its attributes must include fireproof, antistatic and breathable performance.
It is widely known that the FIA “International Motor
Racing Federation” closely controls everything that surrounds the world of racing, in every country, at every track and within each club. With a classic style of government more akin to a nation state, The FIA, founded in 1904 and based in Paris, began with the main objective of providing governance and safety within the world of motorsports. It brings together 245 national motorsport and sports organisations from 143 countries on all five continents and its member clubs represent millio
ns of motorists and their families.
Within the complex governing framework of the FIA is the Homologation section, which is in charge of approving vehicles, helmets, fuel, etc. as well as all clothing and gloves. This is where AITEX comes into the frame, providing the full depth of its knowledge and experience in the treatment of textiles and the certification and homologation of clothing and gloves for any type of risk: particularly heat and flame, which are those that a Formula 1 racing driver may suffer to a greater degree.
To be part of the FIA, AITEX requested acceptance as a collaborating laboratory to perform technical tests according to FIA regulations for clothing and gloves, since product homologation is always issued by FIA. To this end, after a long process of documentation, regulatory studies and passing all of the FIA’s audits and controls at our facilities, we were awarded an FIA homologation number after the final audit, held on November 17, 2015, the date on which entry into the FIA was recorded.
Technical List No. 21 (available at www.fia.com) lists all the organisations accredited by FIA for the homologation of driver’s and mechanic’s clothing including gloves, according to the rules of FIA 8856-2000 Protective Clothing for automobile drivers, 8867-2016 Protective Clothing for mechanics and 8868-2018 Biometric Devices. The list is short, at only 11 organisations, AITEX being one.