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Teams to be allowed to fit mirrors to Halo

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25/04/2018

With some claiming that even at the best of times the mirror on an F1 car is about as effective as a chocolate fireguard, the new regulations for 2017, not to mention this year's introduction of the Halo device, has compromised their use even more.

From this weekend however, teams have the official all-clear to mount mirrors to their Halos, providing that they meet with all current regulations including their dimensions.

"We expect that you will be able to satisfy us that the installation is sufficiently rigid to ensure that the mirror does not vibrate too much, which would limit driver visibility." said the FIA's single-seater technical boss Nikolas Tombazis in a directive sent to all the teams.

"We will not accept a dual mirror mounting (halo and traditional survival cell)," he added, "as this could cause delays in the event a rescue team had to remove the halo following an accident."

However, team may not install the new Halo mounted mirrors with cameras even if requested to do so by Formula One Management.

"We will not accept a cable or connectors to run through the halo fairing," said the directive, "hence in the rare case when a team is asked to mount cameras in the mirrors (position 1 of Drawing 6 of the Technical Regulations), that team would have to resort in using a mirror installation on the chassis or side pod."

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1. Posted by RacingOne, 26/04/2018 12:48

"Unreal they are still using useless mirrors in this day and age unless it’s to stop having clear sight behind and cause more excitement with the blind spots that would be eradicated with a decent digital solution. Maybe use blind folds activated by viewers voting that could help..?"

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2. Posted by fredfrog, 26/04/2018 11:44

"What next! May as well encourage them to fit a whip aerial with an orange on and mud flaps - so they look like Mumbai taxis."

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3. Posted by Editor, 26/04/2018 7:27

"@ imejl99

They're reflecting on it"

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4. Posted by imejl99, 26/04/2018 7:23

"Attach a piece of glass on a safety device? Saved by halo, killed by mirror? Will there be a "mirror crash test"?"

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5. Posted by Yeyox02, 25/04/2018 15:52

"A nasty and disgusting device only to fit the rear mirrors, what is next; a vanity mirror and sunscreens? Cameras? it is just a matter of time. Some drivers need big truck style mirrors."

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6. Posted by ryanhellyer, 25/04/2018 13:45

"Wouldn't an extremely wide angle camera mounted rear facing on the roll hoop with a screen at the top of the steering wheel (with it's horizon kept level via software) be the best option? That'd be similar to what people use in sim racing software (which usually put it in the sky above track level)."

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7. Posted by ryanhellyer, 25/04/2018 13:42

"How does the Halo compromise the effectiveness of existing wing mirrors?"

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