Charles Leclerc has called on F1 to enforce a rule to ban drivers from randomly throwing pieces of mica from their helmets. The Ferrari driver was similarly injured after a broken piece of Max Verstappen’s racing helmet lodged in one of the brake ducts of the Monegasque’s car.
According to Leclerc, pilots cannot predict exactly where the piece of mica will land on a given helmet.
“Not at all no i am angry on Max. Oapparently is that in this case, the competitors are not to blame,” shared Leclerc.
“Must Yes find way Yes save the broken pieces of mica in the car. We can’t pollute the track with them, because they can get into a car and cause damage.”
Leclerc and Verstappen started the Spa competition from the lower one half on grid because of punishments. On the first lap, several cars went through the safety zone and littered the tarmac, while Hamilton’s damaged car began to leak fluid. The Brit was hit by Fernando Alonso on the first lap and retired from the race.
In fact, a number of pilots have ripped the mica from their helmets to see better. According to Leclerc it was extremely difficult to avoid all the junk on the track.
“It would be good if we could find a place to put the broken pieces of glass inside the vehicle. In this particular situation someone was losing oil or something while I couldn’t see anything with my helmet visor. In fact, many of the competitors had visibility problems.’
“The first opportunity to remove unnecessary mica was on the rights. In the end, it turned out that pieces of the drivers’ helmets were flying everywhere,” added the Ferrari driver.
The International Sporting Code states that litter should not be thrown on the track or in the pits. Meanwhile, removing the broken glass to improve visibility and throwing it on the runway has not attracted much attention from the stewards. In the 2016 season, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) began to look into this issue. The governing body later abandoned an investigation because it could not find a satisfactory solution to keeping the pieces of mica in the cockpit.
“I suppose there were reasons for the dropping of this rule that I am not aware of. But maybe there were other solutions. I do not know”. finished Charles Leclerc.
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