FIA tightening rules on F1 driver underwear and jewellery in cars

MELBOURNE, Australia — Driver underwear, or the lack thereof, was an unforeseen focal position through Friday evening’s Components One driver briefing at Albert Park.

New race director Niels Wittich educated all motorists in advance of the Australian Grand Prix that the sport would get started clamping down on what they are authorized to use underneath their race suits, stressing that it must comply with the FIA’s prolonged-standing regulations.

Beneath Appendix L of the FIA’s Worldwide Sporting Code, motorists have to don fireproof underwear which adheres to the FIA’s rigorous typical. They are unable to use any materials which won’t fulfill the requirements.

“It was very a long discussion [and] a handful of folks have modified some of their underwear protocols,” Alpine reserve driver Oscar Piastri, who attended the driver briefing, informed Sky Athletics. “It really is a contentious subject for the reason that you are going commando if you’re not sporting your own.”

The motorists will be provided a range of functions ahead of enforcement of the rules are used. If a driver is uncovered to be non-compliant with these laws just after F1’s grace interval, the very likely punishment would be a wonderful or reprimand.

The clampdown on driver underwear will come just 24 several hours following Wittich, who previously this calendar year changed Michael Masi as one particular of F1’s race directors, experienced introduced his function notes for the race in Melbourne. In the doc he issued a reminder to motorists that jewellery is also banned when in the automobile.

“The sporting of jewellery in the form of entire body piercing or metal neck chains is prohibited during the opposition and may perhaps thus be checked in advance of the start,” read through segment 5.1 of the event notes.

The reminder prompted an entertaining again-and-forth between 2021 title rivals Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen at the pre-race push conference on Friday early morning.

Hamilton joked: “I have received sure piercings that I genuinely just are unable to just take out that not many individuals know of … No, I’m kidding, I am kidding!”

Verstappen then commented: “I will be far too large if I wear jewelry, so it really is not possible.”

“I know you have a nipple-piercing, male. Occur on,” Hamilton responded, before Verstappen questioned “you want to see it again?”

Not everybody is observing the gentle facet of Wittich’s rigid race director approach, having said that. Crimson Bull manager Christian Horner believes a somewhat additional lenient view could be taken, notably in regard to on-track incidents throughout apply soon after various drivers were being reprimanded for impeding rivals on Friday.

“I have yet to satisfy the race director. Of course they are executing the very best work they can with the policies they have … but there needs to be an component of widespread feeling,” mentioned Horner. “We want to appear up with a way to simplify some of these laws.

“[There were] far too numerous penalties in exercise a single, on a circuit that is comparatively new and so on. You never want to be much too overzealous, I would assume.”

On Friday, Sebastian Vettel was also handed a €5,000 fine for using a keep track of marshal’s scooter back again to the pitlane right after his Aston Martin misplaced electricity and had to be parked at Turn 10.