Speaking at the start of the weekend, Scuderia Ferrari German driver Sebastian Vettel and his main title rival, Lewis Hamilton, expressed surprise at the news that the FIA has rubber-stamped new aero regulations for 2019 aimed at improving overtaking. Indeed, told that the new rules will probably make the cars 1.5s a lap slower, the German pointed out that the regulations have only just been changed to make the cars faster.
Having already questioned the layout and siting of the proposed track for the F1 race in Miami, admitting that he would be delighted to assist with the eventual layout and placement, Lewis Hamilton suggested the drivers should have more say in the sport’s regulations, a move endorsed by Sebastian Vettel, who also pointed out that as drivers they are best placed to know how the racing might be best improved. Speaking to reporters in Barcelona however, FIA president, Jean Todt, wanted the clarify the aspect: “I do respect them and know how busy they can be and all that, but they have access. Unfortunately very often there is a meeting and they don’t come. I have always tried to hear what the drivers were saying,” he continued. “The drivers are invited to participate, to do something.
“If the drivers have some comments they are more than welcome,” he insisted. “Any driver who wants to see me, from the back of the grid to the top of the grid, will be able to see me within 48 hours.” – Jean Todt explained, as reported by the British media at the end of the 2018 Spanish Grand Prix.