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FIA reverse decisions on visor tear-offs and year-long helmet designs // Monaco sees helmet regulations reversals

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FIA reverse decisions on visor tear-offs and year-long helmet designs
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The FIA have a habit of making decisions and then changing their minds, and this weekend has given them the opportunity to do so not once, but twice. Firstly, after ongoing discussions with the drivers, the governing body have gone back on their plan to implement the ban on visor tear-off strips.

As race director Charlie Whiting says: “I have decided they are likely to be put in more danger trying to dispose of tear-offs in the cockpit than they are from a tear-off on the track. With this in mind, I felt the best thing to do was exercise common sense and ask the drivers simply to keep the amount they use to an absolute minimum.”

Also this weekend, the FIA decided that drivers were allowed to veer from the regulation that states they must use the same helmet design all year long, with one-off specials allowed starting in Monaco. A driver can redesign their colours for one race only and must revert to their normal colours at the next event – with the first revised helmets appearing in the principality this weekend.