The officiating of F1 races has been within the highlight for a number of months following the controversial finish to the 2021 season in Abu Dhabi, which led to modifications inside the FIA’s F1 operations.
Race director Michael Masi has been changed by two new race administrators who will share the function. They’re set to get pleasure from higher help by way of a digital race management room and a senior advisor from this season.
In the direction of the tip of final yr, there was some confusion amongst drivers over what was permitted in wheel-to-wheel battles after numerous incidents, resulting in requires higher consistency.
Requested by Autosport about addressing the difficulty with the brand new race administrators, seven-time world champion Hamilton introduced up the matter of bias within the stewards’ room.
“We want to ensure we get non-biased stewards too,” Hamilton mentioned.
“Racing drivers, some are very, superb pals with sure people. Some journey with sure people, and have a tendency to take extra of a eager liking to a few of them.
“I simply suppose [we need] individuals who don’t have any bias and are tremendous central with regards to making choices.”
George Russell, Mercedes W13
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After final yr’s Russian Grand Prix, Alpine driver Fernando Alonso claimed there have been “completely different guidelines for various individuals”, and that it was fascinating to notice “which nationality he’s and which penalty he’ll get”.
This declare was rebuffed by then-race director Masi, who mentioned that the “guidelines are utilized equally for everybody”.
Hamilton additionally highlighted the necessity for higher variety among the many FIA stewards. For every grand prix, there may be sometimes a physique of 4 individuals who work with race management to evaluate incidents and determine on penalties.
“I need to see extra girls within the stewards’ room,” Hamilton mentioned.
“I don’t suppose we now have many, I feel final yr it was possibly one or two. And I feel it could be superior for them to have a female and male as the 2 race administrators.
“I feel that’s a good way of selling variety too.”
Uncertainty over racing guidelines was at its peak in Brazil and Saudi Arabia final yr following the battles between Hamilton and title rival Max Verstappen, resulting in talks between the drivers and the FIA.
Discussing the appliance of racing guidelines in on-track battles, Crimson Bull’s Sergio Perez mentioned that whereas it was “a bit within the nature of the game” to have some uncertainty, it was essential to get consistency the place attainable.
“It’s not like soccer the place all the pieces is quite a bit clearer,” Perez mentioned.
“Right here, each incident may be very completely different and it’s very arduous for the stewards to make choices.
“However so long as we will have consistency inside the stewards to have them extra persistently within the races, the identical individuals.
“We additionally must help the brand new race director that is available in. It all the time takes time. It’s within the nature of our sport. It’s all the time a debate, it’s not as easy as different sports activities.”
“In all probability amongst all of us drivers, we’re in all probability in keeping with what we predict is the way in which to go racing, however there’ll nonetheless be a little bit of a distinction and what’s forcing and what’s not,” added McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo.
“So even between us, it’s not all the time that simple. Not a simple job, but when there may be some degree of consistency.
“That’s all we will ask, after which we all know a bit of bit higher what’s proper from fallacious.”