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FIA push back visor tear-off ban to Monaco - Waste disposal becomes key F1 design issue

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FIA push back visor tear-off ban to Monaco
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The FIA announced earlier in the year that they would be tightening up on the sporting regulations that state drivers should not discard their visor tear off strips either out on track or in the pit lane. However, the ruling was pushed back to come into force at the Spanish Grand Prix this weekend, and has now been delayed for another fortnight.

The reason for the regulation being enforced is the discarded material can sometimes get caught up in another car and cause issues with overheating or blocking of ducts. However, teams have not managed to come up with an alternative solution, forcing the FIA to delay once again.

Sergio Pérez has been quoted as saying: “We were discussing the other day at the driver’s briefing, how can you survive with one tear-off the whole race? In the first three laps you probably throw three already… we were speaking about putting a bin in the cockpit!” However, Romain Grosjean had tried keeping the tear offs in the cockpit and said it was a disaster. “They make a huge noise and they go all over the place.” Now, all involved have a further two weeks to come up with a solution to this small but not insignificant problem.