F1 to debate mirror rules at FIA meeting

Date published: July 16 2018 - Editor

Sebastian Vettel Ferrari mirror

F1 technical chiefs will meet with the FIA in Hungary to discuss proposed changes to the positioning of mirrors after several drivers complained they couldn’t see the car behind.

There have been several incidents already this season where drivers have stated they could not see the car behind.

The most recent was in Austria where Sebastian Vettel was hit with a three-place grid penalty for blocking Carlos Sainz in qualifying.

Although the race stewards accepted that Vettel had not been warned of the oncoming Renault by Ferrari and and could not see the car in his mirrors, they ruled that “being aware of the issue of rear vision with his mirrors, [Vettel] should not have been so slow and on the racing line, during a slowdown lap in qualification.”

The issue is set to be raised by the FIA at the upcoming Hungarian Grand Prix.

According to Autosport, the FIA have called a meeting with F1’s technical chiefs to discuss potential changes to the positioning of the mirrors.

Motorsport’s governing body had wanted to stipulate a specific location for the mirrors with the centre point 640mm above the reference plane and 450mm from the car’s centre point.

That, though, would have be ratified by the World Motor Sport Council before coming into effect with the publication saying potential loopholes had already been spotted.

As such the FIA will hold off on any decisions until after meeting with the tech bosses in Hungary.