Aston Martin driver Sebastian Vettel’s comments on the drivers breathing in carbon dust has been met with the FIA deciding to make a concerted move to change things.
The German recently spoke about carbon dust following the Austrian Grand Prix.
Vettel endured a rather difficult time during the weekend in Spielberg and qualified last after seeing his final lap deleted from scoring following track limits infringement.
After this, Vettel had to contend with another fine for walking out of the drivers’ meeting after he felt nothing relevant was being discussed.
Things got worse for the four-time champion when he was forced to retire from the sprint race after colliding with Alex Albon at Turn Six.
If Vettel thought things could not get worse from there, he was in for another rude shock when he suffered contact with Pierre Gasly during the race and eventually crossed the chequered flag in 17th position.
Why was Vettel’s face covered in black dust?
While it was a forgettable weekend for Aston Martin on the whole, Vettel entered the media pen with his face covered in black dust.
The new design of the front axle this season has meant that the brake ducts end up depositing dust straight into the drivers’s faces.
Vettel, who is known to be outspoken about environmental issues, was left frustrated and urged the FIA to take a closer look.
“To be honest with you, that is something they need to work on because the design of the brake ducts this year, with the front axle, it is blowing all the brake dust into our faces and it is not good,” Vettel said.
“Breathing in carbon dust is something that is not really that healthy to breathe in, I hope the FIA looks into this very soon because it is pointless and something that is easy to change.”
It has been reported by Motorsport.com that the FIA is looking into the issue. It is believed that the governing body will look to change the design of the brake ducts to ensure that it is no longer hazardous for the drivers.