The split response highlights just how precarious and tricky the situation is that FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem has on his hands. Race director Niels Wittich, who took over from Michael Masi this season alongside Eduardo Freitas in a shared role, has so far taken an authoritative approach to the rules, but Freitas is set to step in for his first race weekend of the season next time out in Catalonia.
Hamilton and Vettel have both drawn criticism for their opposition to the new rules, which include underwear regulations, as six-time Grand Prix winner Ralf Schumacher branded the pair ‘childish’ for their protests in Miami. Meanwhile, Grand Prix Drivers’ Association chairman Alex Wurz backed the new regulations and spoke of the need to avoid public rifts.
Published at Wed, 18 May 2022 13:19:00 +0000