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McLaren wants helmet 'tear-off' rethink

2015-05-12 14:18

HELMET TEAR-OFF DANGER: McLaren says a discarded helmet visor tear-off became stuck in one of Fernando Alonso's brake ducts at the 2015 Spanish F1 GP, leading to overheating and failure. Image: AFP / Luis Gene

LONDON, England - McLaren has called on Formula 1 to consider a rule change to cover the disposal of drivers' helmet visor tear-offs.

The team believes that Fernando Alonso's brake failure at the 2015 Spanish GP which caused him to almost run over the front jack-man in the pits, was caused by one of the disposable plastic strips.

Drivers begin each race with a few layers of the "tear-offs" on the helmet visor. When dirt and water accumulates that layer is torn off and the one below appears.

SOLUTION NEEDED

McLaren says a discarded strip became stuck in one of Alonso's brake ducts, leading to overheating and failure.

A team spokesman told Germany's Bild newspaper: "We could not tell if it was his own or from another driver as it was melted and charred."

McLaren boss Eric Boullier added: "Obviously the drivers need them but we should consider where and how they are discarded. Maybe we need to come up with something for the future."

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