Sidepod-mounted wing mirrors are to be banned from the Chinese Grand Prix, according to Autosport.
The teams will be required on safety grounds to fit the mirrors in a position where drivers can see them more easily following complaints over sidepod-mounted mirrors being too hard to see due to vibrations. Six teams used the mirrors during the Australian Grand Prix.
In Australia Pedro de la Rosa was reprimanded for holding up Sebastien Buemi during third practice. De la Rosa was among the drivers who complained about poor rearward visibility.
Fernando Alonso’s collision with Jenson Button at the first corner of the race might also have been avoided had Alonso had a better view behind him.
It’s the second tweaking of the technical rules we’ve seen from the FIA since the season began. After the first race at Bahrain several teams were instructed to modify their diffusers which the FIA felt did not comply fully with the rules.
Sidepod mirrors have become increasingly common since the mid-2000s. Ferrari, Red Bull, Force India, Sauber, Williams and HRT all used them during Sunday’s race at Melbourne. McLaren also tested sidepod mirrors in practice but took them off the MP4-25 in time for qualifying.
See pictures of the sidepod mirrors on the cars here: Australian Grand Prix in pictures
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