Mercedes staff principal Toto Wolff has questioned new F1 race director Niels Wittich’s decision to boost the laws surrounding the banning of jewelry through grand prix weekends.
Wittich caught the activity by surprise with the issuance of his race notes ahead of the Australian Grand Prix, highlighting a regulation in the Intercontinental Sporting Code that prohibits the putting on of physique piercings and metal chains through level of competition.
It was a get in touch with from Wittich, replacing Eduardo Freitas who had overseen the very first two races in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, that resulted in Hamilton and Crimson Bull rival Max Verstappen sharing a joke about the edict through a push convention on Friday.
During the weekend, Hamilton ongoing to wear his jewellery, and after the race produced apparent he would not be getting rid of his piercings, some of which he stated have been “welded in”.
With Freitas and Wittich appointed by the FIA above the winter next the sacking of Michael Masi, Wolff has been left astonished by what appears to be a draconian move.
“How he has run the first handful of races has been respectful, good and he hasn’t set a one foot improper,” mentioned Wolff, talking to the PA news agency.
“But is that [jewellery ban] a fight he requirements to have at this phase?”
Wolff is hoping it is a situation of a very simple early misjudgment get in touch with, incorporating: “However if it turns out to be the major unlucky misstep of a race director, I would acquire it a thousand occasions around.”