Driv­ers told not to moan by boss Todt

Daily Mail - - Formula One — Spanish Grand Prix - JONATHAN McEVOY

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.

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