Mick Schumacher has defended Sebastian Vettel for storming out of the official drivers’ briefing in Austria.
Mick Schumacher protected Sebastian Vettel for breaking out of the official driver’s briefing in Austria.
The FIA suspended the four-time world champion’s €25,000 fine, but Schumacher, 23, said his friend and compatriot was not alone in his frustration.
“I got the impression that we are playing in circles on some issues Haas the driver is quoted by Sport1.
“It took longer than it should have. I completely understand how Sebastian reacted and I think there were some other drivers who also felt the urge to leave.”
Indeed, there is growing discontent in the drivers’ camp with how Formula 1 has handled the position Charlie Whiting era – with a cutting director Michael Massey now returning to Australia.
Massey was replaced by two new race directors, incl Nils Wittich who seems to be the official most criticized by drivers.
“I am not surprised by the discussions that are happening now in Formula 1,” he said Gerhard Bergerwho knows Wittich well from his former duties in the DTM.
“Let’s put it this way – I know Nils’ strengths, but also his weaknesses,” said the Formula 1 legend.
Former F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone also on the side of the drivers – especially the high-ranking ones who trusted the late Whiting unconditionally.
“Sebastian, Fernando and Lewis know exactly what’s at stake,” the 91-year-old said. “After Charlie’s death, the officials looked funny.
“But Charlie also left a void that no one can even come close to filling. He knew the riders and team bosses inside out and knew exactly how to fight them.”
Ecclestone believes promotion would be the solution Herbie Blashan FIA official for many decades, now mainly in an advisory role, to a position similar to Whiting’s.
“Drivers would accept him as much as Charlie,” he predicts.
Ultimately, however, Ecclestone said it was the responsibility of the new FIA president to address the drivers’ rebellion Mohammed Ben Sulayem.
“He has to give clear signals now because this confrontation with the drivers cannot continue well,” he said.