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Ferrari changes Halo-mounted mirrors for Monaco

23 May 2018

The Ferrari Formula 1 team has tweaked the design of its halo mounted mirrors ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix, after the FIA concluded that the winglets which formed a part of the design in Spain were illegal.

Halo-mounted mirrors themselves are not a problem. However, mountings for such mirrors cannot be used to give an aerodynamic advantage. Ferrari’s Halo-mounted mirrors, which made their debut in the Spanish Grand Prix, featured a small winglet directly above the mirror. The Scuderia insisted that this winglet was simply part of the mirror’s mounting and put in place to increase the rigidity of the mirror, but this explanation was not accepted by Formula 1 race director Charlie Whiting, who said that the defence didn’t hold up, given its reliance of a ‘liberal interpretation’ of the word ‘mounting’.

“The interpretation hinges on whether we think that’s a mounting or not. We somehow think not so we’re going to take some action on that,” he explained.

The debate surrounding Ferrari’s mirrors led to the FIA clarifying its position last week, explaining that mountings must not offer any aero benefits that are not ‘incidental, or at least minimal’  and must ‘provide a meaningful structural contribution to the mounting system’.

Given the clarification, Ferrari has now changed the design of its mirror mounts for the upcoming Monaco Grand Prix. The team will still attach the mirrors to the Halo, but will not use the controversial winglets.

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