FIA calls groups to assembly over F1 mirror security

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Method 1 technical chiefs have been referred to as to a particular assembly with the FIA on the Hungarian Grand Prix in a bid to agree new mirror guidelines to assist enhance driver visibility.

Amid rising considerations that the present era of automotive design is limiting what drivers can see behind them, motor racing’s governing physique has determined to behave.

An preliminary intention by the FIA to push by new guidelines in time for the Singapore Grand Prix on security grounds needed to be deserted as a result of it wanted World Motor Sport Council approval.

So as a substitute, the FIA has informed F1 groups that it needs to satisfy with technical administrators on the Hungaroring in a fortnight’s time to debate what could be finished for 2018 and 2019.

Vettel near-miss

Though the FIA has been mirror designs for some time, contemporary momentum behind a push to vary got here on the Austrian Grand Prix when there was a close to miss between Carlos Sainz and Sebastian Vettel in qualifying.

F1 technical delegate Jo Bauer was later noticed conducting some visibility checks with Vettel and his Ferrari to test on precisely how a lot the German might see.

Earlier this week the FIA wrote a technical directive to groups informing them that new guidelines had been being pushed by on security grounds from the Singapore GP.

F1’s head of technical issues for single seaters Nikolas Tombazis instructed that the evolution of present automotive designs had meant that the higher floor of the sidepod and the decrease areas of the rear wing had been blocking out imaginative and prescient on the rear.

Moreover, he instructed that the rising development for prime rake automobiles had made mirrors a lot much less efficient in displaying drivers what was happening behind them.

Relatively than giving groups an space of the automotive to decide on the place they place the mirrors, the FIA mentioned it meant to stipulate a particular location for the mirrors.

It needed the centre level of a automotive’s mirrors to be 640mm above the reference airplane and 450mm from the automotive’s centre level. A 5mm tolerance can be allowed.

Beforehand, mirrors needed to simply be located between 200mm and 550mm from the automotive centre line and there was no restrict on top.

Nonetheless, with the change in guidelines requiring approval by the WMSC, and amid some query marks about potential loopholes in what had been proposed, the FIA withdrew the directive and as a substitute will maintain fireplace on plans till after the Hungary assembly.

Mercedes checks

On the British Grand Prix final weekend, and unaware the FIA was about to behave, Mercedes trialled a brand new location for its rear view mirrors in a bid to attempt to see if it might discover one thing higher for Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.

The brand new mirror was mounted beneath the conventional one (see pink arrow beneath) to supply a reference level to the drivers to see if it was higher for rearward visibility, and was value evaluating additional.

 

Mercedes AMG F1 W09 mirrors

Photograph by: Giorgio Piola

Nonetheless, the FIA’s clarification this week about new mirror positions for the Singapore Grand Prix implies that Mercedes’ Silverstone take a look at model should be scrapped and a brand new greater mirror ready.

Structural problem

The brand new positioning of the mirrors has additionally opened up the chance for the FIA to re-examine the controversy over mirror helps that might probably convey aerodynamic advantages.

With Ferrari having been informed to take away a help on its halo mirrors that appeared on the Spanish Grand Prix, the Italian staff was sad that Mercedes appeared with a brand new help to its sidepod mirrors as a part of an replace on the Austrian GP.

Mercedes F1 AMG W09 side pods Austrian GP

Mercedes F1 AMG W09 aspect pods Austrian GP

Photograph by: Giorgio Piola

The FIA was adamant, nevertheless, that the Mercedes model complied absolutely to the foundations.

With groups needing to revise the situation of their mirrors, the FIA has indicated that the design of any future helps needs to be permitted by the governing physique to keep away from any potential legality issues.

Tombazis added: “For the sake of completeness, I’d re-iterate our beforehand expressed place that the mirror mountings will need to have a major objective of structurally supporting the mirrors, and any aerodynamic profit needs to be incidental.

“I’d recommend that the brand new mirror place stipulated above lends itself to a wise mounting to the aspect pod, and would encourage groups to ship pictures of their proposed new designs with the intention to keep away from pointless discussions.”

Further reporting by Giorgio Piola and Adam Cooper