F1 is a sport consisting of many rules and regulations, with some being better known than others.
To start this new season, the FIA have emphasised some lesser known parts of the regulation, which concern the use of flame-resistant clothing and jewellery.
Both of these regulations are concerned with driver safety but have generally not been enforced as stringently as other aspects of the rules.
These reminders were in the FIA’s note to the teams in their Scrutineering Declaration Form:
2. Flame-resistant clothing
“(…) Drivers and co-drivers participating in the championships listed below must wear overalls as
well as gloves (optional for co-drivers), long underwear, a balaclava, socks and shoes homologated to the FIA 8856-2018 standard (Technical List No 74):
In case of justified medical reasons, non FIA-approved underwear may be worn between the
driver’s skin and the compulsory FIA-approved underwear. However, the use of synthetic, nonflameproof materials in contact with the driver’s skin is not authorised”.
Underwear aside, jewellery was also referenced by the FIA, though it remains to be seen whether there will be any enforcement of this:
5. Wearing of jewellery
“The wearing of jewellery in the form of body piercing or metal neck chains is prohibited during the
competition and may therefore be checked before the start.”
The above regulation is written to ensure that the FIA-approved Flame-resistant clothing,
including both the outer layer overalls and inner layer in contact with the skin can operate effectively
and provide the designed level of protection if exposed to flames.
Formula 1 is a sport of tremendous complexity and intricacy but often provides some quite baffling and head-scratching moments, and whilst this regulation has existed for several years, it will be intriguing to see if, when and how it is enforced, especially given the resistance shown by some of the drivers about having to remove their jewellery.