Drivers told not to moan by boss Todt
JEAN TODT has accused Formula One’s moaning drivers of wasting their chance to shape the sport’s future. The president of the ruling FIA was responding to comments by Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel criticising plans to slow down cars by a second-and-a-half next season. The two title favourites said they would have liked to have been consulted about the ‘comical’ proposals, which are intended to encourage more overtaking. But Todt said: ‘I do respect the drivers and know how busy they can be. But they have access. Unfortunately, very often there is a meeting and they don’t come to it. ‘I have always tried to hear what the drivers are saying. Any driver who wants to see me will be able to within 48 hours. They are more than welcome.’ Hamilton has also been critical of the early design for a new street circuit in Miami. But Todt, the former Ferrari team principal, insisted the plans are fluid and that, once the race gains final approval, the FIA would make an inspection to draw up exact recommendations. The changes for next season were devised with the help of Todt’s old Ferrari sidekick Ross Brawn, who works for the sport owners, Liberty Media. They are designed to allow cars to follow each other more easily by simplifying front and rear wings, so making overtaking easier. ‘If we understand something is going wrong we should try to find a solution,’ said Todt.