Ferrari told to remove halo winglets for Monaco

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Ferrari's halo winglets are set to disappear before the Monaco GP following a disagreement over interpretation of the rules between the FIA and the Italian team.

Teams are not allowed to locate bodywork in that area, but Ferrari has insisted that the primary purpose of the winglets is as part of the mounting system for the mirrors, which it has mounted on the halo for the first time this weekend, after the FIA gave permission in a recent Technical Directive.

However, several rival teams have questioned the legality of the overall Ferrari design, which incorporates the winglets.

The FIA has now taken a different view to Ferrari, and assumed that the primary purpose of the winglets is aerodynamic.

Ferrari has thus been informed that they will not be permitted from the next race, although they will be allowed to run them for the rest of the weekend in Spain.

Usually in such cases, a Technical Directive will follow by way of clarification.

Ferrari SF71H mirror detail, Azerbaijan GP
Ferrari SF71H mirror detail, Azerbaijan GP

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

After seeing the Ferrari design on Thursday, FIA single-seater boss Nikolas Tombazis made it clear that teams will always seek an aero advantage, especially where mirrors are concerned.

"Mirrors are nasty aerodynamic shapes," he said. "And teams would ideally want not to have any mirrors at all, and clearly there's a regulation requiring mirrors to be in certain positions and have a certain amount of visibility.

"So I'm sure that when a team comes forward and says, 'We want to mount it here' it is because they feel it's going to be a bit better aerodynamically, we have no doubt about it. That includes halo mounting as well."

He stressed that the FIA wanted to keep a lid on development in that area.

"Now it is our responsibility to make sure that the rules are specific enough, and we hope to also make improvements in the future, to make sure the mirrors achieve their real function, which is to be able to see at the back, and to stop them being used for aerodynamic purposes.

"But as long as there is a big device somewhere in the air teams will always worry about the aerodynamic effect. So it's our responsibility to regulate it properly."

Ferrari SF71H mirror detail, Spanish GP
Ferrari SF71H mirror detail, Spanish GP

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

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