F1 to debate mirror rules at FIA meeting

F1 technical chiefs will meet with the FIA in Hungary to discuss proposed changes to the positioning of mirrors after several drivers complained they couldn’t see the car behind.

There have been several incidents already this season where drivers have stated they could not see the car behind.

The most recent was in Austria where Sebastian Vettel was hit with a three-place grid penalty for blocking Carlos Sainz in qualifying.

Although the race stewards accepted that Vettel had not been warned of the oncoming Renault by Ferrari and and could not see the car in his mirrors, they ruled that “being aware of the issue of rear vision with his mirrors, [Vettel] should not have been so slow and on the racing line, during a slowdown lap in qualification.”

The issue is set to be raised by the FIA at the upcoming Hungarian Grand Prix.

According to Autosport, the FIA have called a meeting with F1’s technical chiefs to discuss potential changes to the positioning of the mirrors.

Motorsport’s governing body had wanted to stipulate a specific location for the mirrors with the centre point 640mm above the reference plane and 450mm from the car’s centre point.

That, though, would have be ratified by the World Motor Sport Council before coming into effect with the publication saying potential loopholes had already been spotted.

As such the FIA will hold off on any decisions until after meeting with the tech bosses in Hungary.

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Latifi ‘looking forward’ to German GP run

Nicholas Latifi will return to Formula 1 action this weekend, replacing Esteban Ocon for the opening practice session in Germany.

The Formula 2 driver will resume his duties with Force India, taking part in his second practice outing for this season following on from his Canadian GP showing.

“Montreal was fantastic, it’s a day I’ll never forget, so I’m really looking forward to getting back in the car for a second FP1 outing at Hockenheim,” Latifi said on his official website.

“Unlike Montreal, Hockenheim is a track I have driven before, and because I’m a bit more used to the car now, I’m feeling relaxed and more comfortable and confident.

“The goal is to do a good job for the team and get the data they need. I want to push along the programme for them as much as possible and build my own experience at the wheel of a Formula 1 car.”

The F1 action comes thick and fast for the Canadian with Force India announcing he will also test for the team on Day One of the post-Hungarian GP test.

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The German GP timetable

The German Grand Prix, which takes place at the Hockenheimring, marks the 11th round of the 2018 season.

All times are local (Germany is GMT +2)

Thursday July 19
15:00: FIA press conference

Friday July 20
11:00 – 12:30: First free practice
13:00: FIA press conference
15:00 – 16:30: Second free practice

Saturday July 21
12:00 – 13:00:Third free practice
15:00 – 16:00: Qualifying
16:00: FIA post-qualifying press conference

Sunday July 22
15:10 – 17:10: German GP
17:10: FIA post-race press conference

German GP Info
No of Laps: 67
Race Distance: 306.458
Lap Record: 1:13.780 – K Raikkonen (2004)
2016 Winner: L Hamilton (Mercedes)

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