Since taking on as F1 race director, Niels Wittich has clamped down on various components of the laws, together with the carrying of jewelry and the right underwear that complies with the FIA’s necessities.
Wittich reminded drivers forward of the Australian Grand Prix that carrying jewelry within the automobile was banned underneath the Worldwide Sporting Code.
The identical race additionally noticed prolonged talks within the drivers’ briefing about what they wore underneath their fits whereas within the automobile after a reminder that each one underwear, gloves, socks and balaclavas should be FIA homologated.
Though drivers understood the protection issues the FIA had about what might occur within the occasion of an accident, many questioned the push from F1’s governing physique.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton mentioned he didn’t “actually perceive the small issues they’re selecting up”, and revealed there have been sure piercings he couldn’t take away with out breaking.
However the checking of jewelry and underwear will now be a part of every staff’s scrutineering submission forward of a race weekend, appearing as an extra reminder for them to make sure drivers adjust to the laws.
The replace was confirmed in a doc issued by Wittich on Thursday forward of the Miami Grand Prix, detailing the modification of the scrutineering declaration kind template to incorporate checks that ensured compliance with the Worldwide Sporting Code.
Wittich additionally gave additional data regarding each the carrying of jewelry and the usage of the right fire-resistant clothes throughout the automobile, explaining the protection grounds the FIA has issues about.
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The hearth from Romain Grosjean’s accident on the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix has repeatedly been cited because the form of incident that proved the necessity for drivers to be consistent with the laws.
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Wittich defined how the carrying of jewelry beneath flameproof clothes “can scale back the safety afforded by this tools” as “metallic objects, equivalent to jewelry, in touch with the pores and skin can scale back warmth transmission safety and thus might improve the danger of burn accidents within the occasion of a hearth”.
He additionally mentioned that the carrying of jewels can “hinder medical interventions” because of the danger of snagging ought to the helmet, balaclava and overalls are eliminated.
“Within the case that medical imaging is required to tell analysis following an accident the presence of jewelry on the physique may cause important complication and delay,” Wittich added.
“Within the worst case the presence of jewelry throughout imaging might trigger additional damage. Jewelry in and/or across the airway can pose particular extra dangers ought to it grow to be dislodged throughout an accident and both ingested or inhaled.”
On the usage of the right clothes, Wittich wrote: “The above famous regulation is written to make sure that the FIA-approved Flame-resistant clothes, together with each the outer layer overalls and internal layer in touch with the pores and skin can function successfully and supply the designed stage of safety if uncovered to flames.
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“Using non-flameproof supplies in touch with the driving force’s pores and skin, and particularly artificial supplies, can scale back warmth transmission safety and thus improve the danger of burn accidents within the occasion of a hearth.
“Within the worst case such supplies might soften which may hinder remedy within the occasion of a burn damage.”
Whereas the onus stays on the groups to make sure their drivers are complying with the laws as a part of the scrutineering checks, the FIA has the power to finish random checks to make sure compliance.