Atlas F1 News Service, a Reuters report

Ralf Gets FIA Go-Ahead to Wear Glasses

Monday January 14th, 2002

Williams driver Ralf Schumacher can wear spectacles while racing if he wants to, Formula One's ruling body said on Monday.

The latest edition of Germany's Auto Bild Motorsport magazine, due to appear on Tuesday, reported that Formula One's medical expert Professor Sid Watkins had said the Williams driver must drive with contact lenses. But FIA spokesman Francesco Longanesi said that was not the case.

"At present there is nothing in the FIA rules that prevents a driver from wearing spectacles when competing," he told Reuters. "What a medical officer can do is to advise a driver not to wear spectacles but he certainly cannot impose it."

Ralf, younger brother of World Champion Michael and winner of three races last season, revealed last month that he will wear glasses in 2002.

"It just allows me to see things a little better and in Formula One that is essential," he said. "The thing now is to try them in testing and get used to them for the season."

Auto Bild said that Ralf's helmet maker Schuberth had developed a special inner padding with channels for the glass frames. Canadian Jacques Villeneuve, the 1997 World Champion, wears glasses in daily life but contact lenses in the car.

Published at 16:20:22 GMT

Latest Headlines:
<<  Previous  |  Jan News  |  News Index |  Next  >>
*(03-16-2005): Badoer Continues Testing at Fiorano
*(03-16-2005): Fisichella Aims to Win Again in Malaysia
*(03-16-2005): Davidson Lined Up for Villeneuve's Drive
*(03-16-2005): Preview: Raikkonen Aims to Stop Renault
*(03-16-2005): Malaysia Preview Quotes: Jordan

© 2005 Reuters Limited. Click for restrictions | © 1995-2005 Kaizar.Com, Inc. Copyright & Terms

  < Previous | Next >

  Jan 2002 Index

  Current News Index

  Email to Friend


   2004 at a Glance
   2004 Standings
   2005 Calendar
   2005 Line-Up
   Drivers Bio
   Teams Info
   Testing Center


   News Service
   Photo Gallery
   My Atlas
   Bulletin Board
   Chat Service
   Shop @ Atlas
   Search & Archive