The FIA will ban outboard mirror designs as of the upcoming Chinese Grand Prix in a fortnight’s time, following concerns raised over the poor visibility currently afforded by them.

While Ferrari were the first team to implement the use of wide-set mirrors in 2006, the majority of the teams have now taken the concept much further by mounting the mirrors in such a way to create the maximum aerodynamic benefit.


The FIA has moved to ban their positioning on aesthetic safety grounds, meaning the mirrors will now have to be fitted to the cockpit sides from there on.

A sensible decision! Will we see the Eifelland periscope mirror (pictured) make a comeback?

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.