25,000 euros fines, final place in qualification, collisions in running and running races with no points: For Sebastian Vettel, nothing went according to plan in the Austrian Grand Prix. In addition, the Aston Martin driver appeared in a TV interview after the race as if he had to repair his own car after colliding with Pierre Gasly. There is no shortage of mechanical talent, but the black dust of the carbon brake is said to be responsible for the dirty German face.
Are Formula 1 drivers at risk of brake dust?
Sebastian Vettel not only holds four world championships, but also loves to campaign for the environment and other social and political issues. This time, however, does not affect bees or oil fields in Canada, but directly he and 19 of his Formula 1 colleagues. Spielberg. “Because it’s useless and easy to change!”
And that, according to Vettel, is a FIA job: “That’s something I think they should work on.” Various media representatives asked him about his appearance in an interview after the race in the Red Bull Ring. The 35-year-old’s face had turned black. Also noticeable: Heppenheimer often touched his nose (cold?). Sebastian Vettel sees not only the FIA as a criminal, but also the new regulations of 2022. “With the design of the brake holes this year, the front axle blows all the brake dust on our faces.”
The new design of Formula 1 cars to blame?
In 2022, among other things, the structure of the brake ventilation was changed. To prevent Adrian Newey and Co. to obtain aerodynamic benefits through external effects, air from the brake shafts in new Formula 1 vehicles must be directed to the rear. Similarly, the function of new air deflectors on the front wheels, which also reduces air pollution, should not be disturbed.
To minimize power loss when cars are driving one after the other, cooling air (including brake dust) is no longer exhausted through the wheel as it used to be. Instead, the air hole is now inside the wheel, and blows directly into the Formula 1 pilot’s room. .
After being criticized by the driver (not just from Vettel), the FIA took up the issue. An announcement of the investigation into the issues followed. The topic will also be addressed at the next meeting of the Form 1 Sports Commission. Not only representatives of the FIA, but also representatives of all ten teams on the site. Agenda: to discuss possible solutions and changes in the structure of brake ventilation.
System 1: Brake dust gate reloaded
The problem with brake dust is not uncommon in Form 1. Back in 2019, Valtteri Bottas complained about the black dust that appeared during the nasal spray after a race weekend. Reasons behind? Not your own car, but others. “The dust from our brakes is small. It’s the cars in front of you,” Finn said at the time. And he was also concerned about the possible effects of the deceased: “I do not know what it does to our body.”
Probably the same. Reason: During the operation of former Formula 1 driver Mika Salo, doctors found large amounts of black carbon dust in his lungs. Despite all the improvements in safety over the past 30 years, the risk to the driver’s lungs is seen as a remnant of the past. So that the drivers look clean outside the race car after the race and not like they have practiced by sweeping the chimney.