FIA clarifies rules on rear view mirror mountings

Paola Ditto
Mag 17, 2018

The controversial wing mirrors used by Ferrari at last weekend's Spanish Grand Prix have been banned by Formula 1.

"Whilst the FIA accepts that teams will legitimately design the mirrors, housings and mountings to minimise any negative aerodynamic effects they may cause, we believe that any aerodynamic benefits should be incidental, or at least minimal", said the FIA in a statement.

The sport's governing body, the FIA, did not approve of the way the mirrors were mounted to the halo head-protection device on the auto.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel finished fourth and Kimi Raikkonen retired after 25 laps at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, in a race won by Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton.

Ferrari's solution pushed the boundaries, with winglets above the mirrors that were fixed to the halo, and raised suspicions they were created to produce an aerodynamic advantage.

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The FIA said it "acknowledged that the rules now in force with regard to mirrors are not flawless, and will strive to propose a more complete set of rules in terms of mirror position, mountings, visibility, the near future, with the aim to get a unanimous support for such changes for 2019".

The governing body suggested discussing any new design with the FIA before it was introduced at a race "to avoid wasting resource, time or money".

The FIA felt the arrangement broke the rules, and while they allowed the Italian team to keep it on the vehicle for the remainder of the weekend, they told them to remove it for the upcoming race in Monaco.

The governing body admits the rules surrounding the rear view mirrors "are not perfect" and so plan to hold further discussions and re-write the regulation "in the near future" with the aim of getting "unanimous support for such changes for 2019".

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