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F1 | FIA to look into brake duct design after Vettel raises health risk concerns

Formula One’s governing body is reportedly working on changing current brake duct design after Sebastian Vettel raised some concerns about more carbon dust being blown in drivers’ faces.

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F1 | FIA to look into brake duct design after Vettel raises health risk concerns
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After the Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring, Sebastian Vettel has frown upon current brake duck design, which might expose drivers to inhale excessive carbon dust. The driver called upon F1’s governing body t take immediate action to safeguard drivers’ safety.

Given 2022 car layouts, brake dust tends to blow back towards the cockpit, creating concerns over potentially higher health risks.

Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel finished the race on Sunday with his face spattered with black carbon dust thrown up from his brake discs throughout the GP.

Vettel stated that the 2022 changes to brake duct rules, with teams now obliged to eject airflow from the carbon discs rearward rather than it being blown through the wheels and away from the car, implies that more dust is getting directed towards the cockpit.

“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,” he told Sky.

“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.”

Apparently, the governing body has been made aware of Vettel’s fears after the Austrian Grand Prix and has now decided to investigate the issue more in-depth. The topic is set to be discussed during the Sporting Advisory Committee’s next meeting, to see what action can be taken to improve the state of things.

The Aston Martin driver is not the first one to complain about the carbon dust problem. In fact, already in 2019, Valtteri Bottas had raised the issue.

The at-the-time Mercedes driver revealed that he often sneezed black dust after races after breathing in brake dust through GPs.

Asked what could be done about the problem, he commented: “I don’t know if there is anything that can be done.

“For sure there is some dust from your own brakes but that is minimal. It is the cars ahead, it is always going to be there.

“Any time after the race when you sneeze it is black, so year after year, I am not sure what it does to your body. No idea. 

“I think no one ever looked into it. I would rather be breathing clean air, but not sure what can be done.”

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