Lewis Hamilton on Friday welcomed the FIA’s intervention in curbing “poisoning” on health and safety grounds, saying no action was likely to affect the grid of Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix. The seven-time champion’s comments came after world champion and current leader Max Verstappen said he was opposed to any changes to the mid-season rules. The Governing International Motoring Federation (FIA) said on Thursday it would take steps to curb the trend that has left many drivers with severe back pain this season.
Hamilton’s Mercedes team said it encountered up to 6G in vertical forces in its car during last Sunday’s race in Azerbaijan, which made it difficult to race and then difficult to get out of the car.
The FIA plans to closely monitor the vertical forces in Friday’s practice sessions before introducing new safety rules on car setups.
Hamilton said he was pleased to see that the FIA was taking driver safety as a priority.
“It’s always interesting to see people’s perspectives and opinions in different light,” he told reporters.
“I think safety is the most important thing. And I think at least one driver on every team has talked about it.”
He added that Mercedes is conducting various experiments to solve its performance problems.
“You’ll see today, for example, something relatively extreme,” he explained.
“If it doesn’t work, it’s definitely too slow because it has less power.
“But that’s my role and I take that responsibility seriously – and while, yes, it’s not ideal on some weekends, it often pushes us back because we lost one or two sessions. Okay, because eventually we’ll get there and I’m proud to be part of that process.
“I’d like to think I’m the best teammate ever – for George, but for all the engineers and everyone in the factory.”
Teammate George Russell said he felt “the vertical load is much higher than you are safe to deal with.”
Aston Martin’s local hero Lance Stroller said: “It’s been bad and these are two things the FIA needs to pay attention to because it’s not sustainable.”
Four-time champion Sebastian Vettel, his partner, said: “It is not possible for us drivers to be injured, short or long term, or possibly for the rest of our lives.
“Not every sport is very healthy, but it can’t last another four or five years like that, so it’s good that the FIA is considering it.”
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