Since taking on as F1 race director, Niels Wittich has clamped down on numerous parts of the rules, together with the sporting of jewelry and the proper underwear that complies with the FIA’s necessities.
Wittich reminded drivers forward of the Australian Grand Prix that sporting jewelry within the automobile was banned below the Worldwide Sporting Code.
The identical race additionally noticed prolonged talks within the drivers’ briefing about what they wore below their fits whereas within the automobile after a reminder that each one underwear, gloves, socks and balaclavas have to be FIA homologated.
Though drivers understood the security issues the FIA had about what might occur within the occasion of an accident, many questioned the push from F1’s governing physique.
However the checking of jewelry and underwear will now be a part of every group’s scrutineering submission forward of a race weekend, performing as an extra reminder for them to make sure drivers adjust to the rules.
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 sporting of jewelry and the usage of the proper fire-resistant clothes throughout the automobile, explaining the security grounds the FIA has issues about.
The hearth from Romain Grosjean’s accident on the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix has usually been cited because the form of incident that proved the necessity for drivers to be consistent with the rules.
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG
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Wittich defined how the sporting of jewelry beneath flameproof clothes “can scale back the safety afforded by this gear” as “metallic objects, reminiscent of jewelry, involved with the pores and skin can scale back warmth transmission safety and thus might enhance the danger of burn accidents within the occasion of a fireplace”.
He additionally mentioned that the sporting of jewels can “hinder medical interventions” because of the threat 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 vital complication and delay,” Wittich added.
“Within the worst case the presence of jewelry throughout imaging might trigger additional harm. Jewelry in and/or across the airway can pose particular further dangers ought to it turn into dislodged throughout an accident and both ingested or inhaled.”
On the usage of the proper 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 interior layer involved with the pores and skin can function successfully and supply the designed stage of safety if uncovered to flames.
“Using non-flameproof supplies involved with the motive force’s pores and skin, and particularly artificial supplies, can scale back warmth transmission safety and thus enhance the danger of burn accidents within the occasion of a fireplace.
“Within the worst case such supplies might soften which might hinder therapy within the occasion of a burn harm.”
Whereas the onus stays on the groups to make sure their drivers are complying with the rules as a part of the scrutineering checks, the FIA has the power to finish random checks to make sure compliance.