Pierre Gasly has joked, at the least we hope, concerning the FIA checking his “the whole lot” at race weekends after the drivers had been reminded that they should put on fireplace retardant underwear.
The twenty-fifth F1 race at Albert Park Circuit in Melbourne has seen a couple of security guidelines rehashed and even modifications to the circuit to make it safer for drivers at excessive speeds.
In addition to having one of many 4 DRS zones eliminated, drivers had been reminded of the jewelry ban that forestalls them from sporting jewelry while driving.
Throughout Friday’s press convention, present F1 World Champion, Max Verstappen, and his greatest rival final season, Lewis Hamilton, joked about that rule.
“It’s been the rule ceaselessly, since I’ve been right here it’s been the rule, so nothing new. I’m simply going to return with extra jewelry subsequent week,” stated Hamilton.
“Effectively I’ve obtained sure piercings that I actually simply can’t take out, that not many individuals know of… Nah I’m kidding!”
Verstappen replied: “I’d be too heavy if I wore jewelry, so it’s not potential.”
“I do know you may have a nipple piercing man, come on…” Hamilton laughed to which Verstappen retorted, “you wish to see it once more?!”
However that wasn’t the tip of it.
The drivers additionally endured what appeared just like the longest driver’s briefing ever wherein they had been reminded of the pre-existing ‘underwear rule’. This was previous information to many drivers who already had been sporting fireplace retardant underwear, or nothing in some circumstances, beneath their race fits.
Racing at residence this weekend, Daniel Riccardo stated, “This was the primary time I’d heard concerning the fireproof underwear.
“Clearly we put on the leggings if you wish to name it that, however we don’t have precise underwear-underwear that’s fireproof, in order that was simply extra of a shock. I’d by no means heard of it.
“If it helps maintain us a bit safer in these conditions then, in fact, I’ll spend money on some. However I don’t assume they make them.
“Or at the least our those who we get our race equipment from I don’t assume, so we’re going to must get some customized ones.
“And I suppose it’s going to be tailored in fact!”
Pink Bull’s race director, Christian Horner, applauded the FIA for his or her willingness to take the foundations to drivers and implement security on them however he was hesitant when the subject of imposing it on his drivers got here up.
He stated: “I actually received’t be checking our drivers’ underwear!
“For compliance, I see that as a workforce supervisor function, though I’m reliably knowledgeable our drivers go commando! Hopefully, it received’t be a problem for them.
“I’ve but to fulfill the race director. Clearly, they’re doing the most effective job they’ll with the foundations they’ve.”
AlphaTauri’s Gasly when questioned on the rule went on to say that ‘in the event that they wish to examine my arse, be happy, I’ve obtained nothing to cover. My c**ok, the whole lot. If that makes them completely happy, be happy.”
As for Hamilton, he was left a little bit dumbfounded after the briefing on the FIA’s alternative of issues of safety addressed and the way it was delivered.
“It was the longest drivers’ briefing of my life,” stated the seven-time World Champion.
“I’ve been racing a very long time they usually’ve by no means accomplished such a protracted drivers’ briefing.
“Additionally, no person within the drivers’ briefing was sporting masks. Among the drivers had been, however a lot of the FIA weren’t, which was for me uncomfortable.
“After which I don’t actually perceive the small issues they’re selecting up, just like the underwear. Are we actually speaking about that form of factor? However we transfer on.”