The ban on the outboard mirrors has been deferred until the Spanish Grand Prix, it has been confirmed.
Originally scheduled to come into place by the Chinese Grand Prix, it seems that a reprieve has been given to the teams currently using these unsightly mirrors until the F1 circus returns to Europe.
With a set of mirrors costing some $80,000 a pair to produce (let alone ship to China), it hardly seemed practical to redesign these parts in two weeks, and then face the additional expense and carbon footprint in flying them to Shanghai!
At the Australian GP, several drivers and F1 figures had expressed concerns about the mirrors. which were increasingly being mounted as part of flimsy aero devices and therefore offering limited, if any, rearward visibility at speed.
The topic was apparently a point of conjecture during yesterday’s FOTA Meeting, particularly amongst the circle of teams – McLaren, Mercedes GP, Lotus, Virgin, Toro Rosso and Renault – who currently do not run these mirrors.
Those who do currently operate these mirrors – Ferrari, Williams, Force India, Sauber and HRT – will now have until next month’s Spanish GP to revert to more conventional designs.
[Original image via AUTOSPORT]