‘Outboard’ F1 mirrors to be banned

Thu, 1 April 2010, 12:31

Apr.1 (GMM) This weekend’s grand prix will be the last for the sort of ‘outboard’ rear view mirrors that are becoming commonplace in F1.

In Australia last week, veterans Rubens Barrichello and Pedro de la Rosa led the calls for better driver visibility, with mirrors increasingly integrated on flimsy aerodynamic bodywork mounted away from the cockpit sides.

“They have to come back to the monocoque, with the old style, as that is the best position to work,” said Spaniard de la Rosa.

“We have to compromise — this is a safety issue,” he added.

Ahead of this weekend’s Sepang event, Williams driver Barrichello said: “As far as I’m concerned it’s agreed that we need better visibility, so the change could come as early as the next race.”

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