The gravel aims to make you slow down when your car crashes. It reduces the pressure on the wall or the pneumatic fence, but it does depend on how you approach the gravel pit. The gravel then forms part of protection. When vehicles hit the gravel pit at high velocity, they will roll over the bumpy surface and create a lot of damage and debris. Drivers do not like gravel pitches since ‘the gravel trap’ may be stuck in them. And if the marshals do not help you or the engine stops, the race is over.

In the case of a crash, modern Formula 1 tracks are fitted with gravel traps to lower the impact speed. The FIA Track Safety Committee has been appointed to discover more efficient ways of reducing impact speeds after the high-speed collision at the British Grand Prix in Michael Schumacher.


Many top drivers reflected on the latest gravel traps after the British Grand Prix, and they are ineffectively slowing down the speed of a car. The gravel trap does not fit, David Coulthard said. They just put the car on air. There was an insufficient significant reduction in pace when he struck the wall in the Michael Schumacher crash. The impact rate was as high as 107 kilometers by Ferrari mechanics. If a person drives less than three meters slow from over a hundred kilometers per hour to zero, accidents are unavoidable.

At the moment, a car flies through a 30-meter gravel section and then hits a tire barrier in the new gravel trap conception. As was the case when Michael Schumacher entered the pneumatic wall, and the pneumatic wall usually bends not more than three meters, the actual speed drop only occurs.


For years, the most efficient gravel trap system has been a very common American tractor pulling the engine. In tractor dragging, competitors attempt to maneuver a bulldozer in a wagon of ever-greater weight to the extent practicable. In a couple of seconds, their pace slows typically. In Formula One, a particular kind of barrier placement could be applied to the principle of restricting the speed with increasing weight to the ground.

Formula One gravel traps finish with a wall filled with a soft pneumatic barrier. The conductor of 100 kilometers of pace would first crash with the tire barrier if the tire barrier chains were situated in the middle of the gravel trap. The entire pneumatic wall will be dragged from a surface of 50 meters over the gravel after it was caught on the pipes.