Sebastian Vettel has asked the FIA to make changes to the location of the brake lines on the cars, after breathing in carbon dust in Austria.
The Aston Martin driver appeared for his post-race media duties with his racing suit and visibly darker facial skin after being covered in brake dust during the Austrian Grand Prix.
Asked by Sky F1 about how he looks and whether he’s fine or not in his AMR22, he replied: “To be honest with you, it’s something I think they need to work on because you know, where the brake duct design [is] this year the front axle is blowing all the brake dust in our faces – and it’s not good.
“Obviously carbon dust is not really something healthy to breathe in. So hopefully the FIA will look into that very soon as it’s unnecessary and easy to change.”
Vettel’s weekend overall was a moment to forget for the four-time world champion, after qualifying last of 20 riders on Friday, failing to complete sprint qualifying on Saturday and colliding with Pierre Gasly during the race, sending the quadruple world champion into a spin. and ruin his chances of making further improvements in the race.
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Gasly was handed a five-second penalty after being found at-fault for their accident, but Vettel was unsure of the extent of the damage to his Aston Martin after its collision.
“I don’t know,” he said. “The ground looked a bit damaged, I had a piece that I hit with the front wing, I guess in that one some debris landed on my car.
“I don’t know, we have to take a look, but obviously not a good day.”
Track limits were also a hot issue during the race weekend, with white lines strictly enforced around the Red Bull Ring.
A slew of warnings were given throughout the proceedings on Sunday as the drivers overshot the circuit limits on too many occasions, with Lando Norris being handed a time penalty for doing so.
Vettel was told he too had received a five-second penalty after the race, which dropped him to 17th and last of the road finishers in the final standings, and he was left puzzled by this development.
“I had three [strikes], and I did not receive a warning,” he said. “So I don’t know how I can get a penalty if I don’t get a warning because I had three strikes, that’s what I was told until the last round, then it goes to five. It’s a bit strange.