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Sorry Hamilton admits mirror visibility problem

Say what you will, I think this is funny as hell. He's got more "mirror visibility" problems than the ones on the car. How about the one you look in every morning?

(GMM) Lewis Hamilton pointed the blame towards his car's mirrors at Suzuka after yet another crash with Felipe Massa.

Unlike in Singapore two weeks ago, the Briton was not penalized by the stewards for the latest run-in with his 2008 world championship rival.

But this time, Hamilton - who was physically accosted by Massa after the recent night race - issued an apology.

"There was no bad intention towards Felipe; I’ve got the utmost respect for him, he's a fantastic driver and he was extremely quick today," he said.

Earlier this season, when contemplating the number of on-track incidents Hamilton has endured in 2011, David Coulthard revealed that he had spoken to the 26-year-old about visibility.

"I said (to Hamilton) 'You sit very low in car, do you get enough visibility?' He said 'Although I sit low the visibility is fine'.

"But I wonder if he's missing out in close-quarter racing by sitting so low," added Coulthard.

Similarly, Nigel Mansell revealed this week that when he was a steward at Spa, he interviewed Hamilton about his clash with Pastor Maldonado at the bus-stop chicane.

"I asked Lewis if he had seen Maldonado and he replied 'no'," the 1992 world champion told the Daily Mail. "For all the years I did the job, I had an idea where everyone was on the track around me.

"No one in his right mind deliberately drives into another car, so I wonder if some of his problems have been caused by a lack of visibility? He needs to show better peripheral awareness of where he is," added Mansell.

After his latest crash with Massa, Hamilton finally admitted that he does have a visibility problem.

"The only thing I have to say is that I can't see anything out of my mirrors," said the Briton. "They vibrate so much down the straight. I had no idea he (Massa) was there.

"Maybe that's something we've got to look into."

Brazilian Massa, however, was not interested in Hamilton's explanation or even his apology.

"For what he says, I don't care, just (I care about) what he did. I care about what the federation says and what the FIA does (about it)," said the Ferrari driver.
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Remember last years ban on outboard mirrors, because of their additional aerodynamic aid use by some of the teams?
Judging by the pic, they appear to provide better visibility. Not sure about vibrations?

FORMULA ONE - F1: Mirror Ban Delayed Until Barcelona

Teams have been given more time to adjust to the new ban on outboard-mounted rear view mirrors.

It was reported in Malaysia Thursday that this weekend's race at Sepang will be the last for the sort of mirrors seen on the Red Bull and Ferrari cars.

In Australia last week, veterans Rubens Barrichello and Pedro de la Rosa led the calls for better driver visibility, with mirrors increasingly integrated on flimsy aerodynamic bodywork mounted away from the cockpit sides. Judging from the pic, they appear to provide better visibility. Not sure about vibrations though?

F1: Mirror Ban Delayed Until Barcelona
Red Bull and several others won't have move anything just yet...
SPEED Staff | Posted April 02, 2010

But Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel said his team is "concerned" about the ban, which according to Thursday's reports was to come into effect ahead of the next race in Shanghai later this month.

But because the McLaren, Mercedes, Lotus, Virgin, Toro Rosso and Renault teams are not at all affected by the ban, the topic was apparently a bone of contention as bosses met at Sepang on Friday afternoon.

There was speculation Thursday that the fuss being made about mirrors may have been part of an effort to haul in the dominant pace of the Red Bull cars.

Red Bull and Ferrari, as well as Williams, Force India, Sauber and HRT, have now been given until the Spanish GP next month to remove the offending mirror designs.
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