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Leclerc calls for changes over visor tear-offs

Charles Leclerc at the Belgian GP. Credits: @OsOfficialF1 (Twitter).

Charles Leclerc believes that changes should be made regarding what to do with used visor tear-offs.

A tear-off from Max Verstappen’s car got into Leclerc’s right front brake duct at the beginning of the Belgian GP. The Monegasque had to go to the pits during the Safety Car period because of that.

Furthermore, the tear-off damaged a sensor in the car which led to Leclerc speeding in the pit lane during his final pit stop. The Ferrari driver received a five-second time penalty and was demoted to P6 after the race.

Ahead of the Dutch GP, Leclerc offered to keep the tear-offs inside cars while racing.

“I think maybe moving forward, it will be good that we maybe find a solution to keep the tear-off inside the car,” he commented.

“In this particular situation, I think somebody was losing oil or something. I could not see anything with my visor, and all the drivers in front of me couldn’t see anything in their visors.

“So it happened that, at the first moment of opportunity, we had to take off the tear-off, and it was on this straight.

“So I found myself with tear-offs flying all over the place and in that case, you cannot do much as a driver.

“I mean, obviously, I’m not angry at all with Max, and it is obviously not the fault of the drivers, but we might look at something to find a way to keep the tear-offs somewhere in the car.”


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