FIA relaxes ban on F1 visor tear-offs in races

The FIA has agreed a rethink on its move to prohibit Formula 1 drivers from throwing visor tear-off strips on to the track during races - with a new solution in place for the Monaco Grand Prix.

FIA relaxes ban on F1 visor tear-offs in races
Romain Grosjean, Haas F1 Team VF-16
Jenson Button, McLaren MP4-31 adjusts his crash helmet
Helmet of Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing
The helmet of Felipe Nasr, Sauber F1 Team with a tribute to Ayrton Senna

The governing body had intended for the clampdown – aimed at preventing the discarded strips getting lodged in brakes and causing trouble – to come into force for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

But after concerns expressed by teams on race morning, the ban was originally delayed until Spain and was then put back until this weekend's Monaco race.

Drivers had been resigned to experimenting with ways to store the strips in the cockpits, or on pouches on their overalls, in a bid to store them during the race.

But a bigger issue emerged when questions were asked about complications that could be caused in fires by the plastic strips potentially burning through overalls.

The FIA accepted that such a situation would not be ideal, so teams have now been informed of a change of stance for the Monaco Grand Prix.

Mercedes executive director Paddy Lowe said: "For this race, we've been permitted to two tear-offs during the race itself, so I think that will be sufficient. I think there's a constant dialogue with the FIA to find a practical way forward with this."

F1 race director Charlie Whiting was due to discuss the matter with drivers during their regular post-practice briefing on Thursday night, when plans regarding what happens over the longer term are likely to be discussed.

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