As a part of their scrutineering course of, the FIA have expressed the necessity for drivers to put on fireproof underwear as a part of their racing apparel.
The information comes scorching on the heels of joint race director Niels Wittich reiterating the rule launched in 2005 that drivers aren’t allowed to put on jewelry whereas within the cockpit, as a part of his pre-race notes in Australia, in case any objects of jewelry trigger damage throughout collisions.
Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen had been capable of chortle off questions on it of their pre-race press convention, and the topic is claimed to have precipitated one thing of a stir in Friday’s drivers’ briefing – when the drivers had been additionally reminded of their obligation to put on fire-retardant underwear whereas driving.
Pink Bull crew principal Christian Horner was requested if the FIA race directing crew is being too choosy relating to making use of the foundations, however largely dismissed issues on that facet of issues.
“I definitely gained’t be checking our drivers’ underwear,” exclaimed Horner, quoted by GPFans.
“For compliance, I see that as a crew supervisor position, though I’m reliably knowledgeable our drivers go commando! Hopefully, it gained’t be a difficulty for them.
“I’ve but to satisfy the race director. Clearly they’re doing the most effective job they’ll with the foundations they’ve.
“I perceive it was an entertaining drivers’ briefing yesterday. Within the pursuits of weight-saving, whether or not you’re dropping jewelry or underwear for the time being is kind of useful for us.”
However relating to issuing fines and reprimands, Horner takes a unique view and thinks “frequent sense” must be part of the decision-making course of in several circumstances.
Sebastian Vettel branded the choice by the FIA to difficulty him a €5,000 advantageous for driving a scooter across the monitor as a “joke”, and a number of other reprimands have already been issued in Australia this weekend – together with two for Yuki Tsunoda alone.
As per the FIA sporting rules, drivers obtain a 10-place grid penalty in the event that they get 5 reprimands over the course of a championship, however the Pink Bull boss thinks hitting them of their wallets is a more practical punishment to discourage additional offences.
“I feel it’s one thing the drivers really requested, however there must be a component of frequent sense,” mentioned Horner.
“Too many penalties in an FP1…the most important factor as a deterrent for the drivers is a advantageous. That tends to be what hurts them probably the most, so perhaps we should always take a look at fines reasonably than reprimands and potential grid penalties.
“You don’t need to be over-zealous in P1 on a circuit that’s comparatively new.
“It’s one thing that’s mentioned at nice size within the numerous conferences. We simply must provide you with one thing to simplify a few of these rules.”