The Hairpin, Monaco

A blind spot is an area on the track that the driver can’t see, so a potential hazard when a car is approaching a corner in excess of 300kph. 

Today’s F1 cars have a big footprint, with the driver sitting very low in the centre of the car. This provides them with limited visibility, causing a number of blind spots.

Mirrors provide some assistance with monitoring approaching cars as well as direct communications with the race engineer, who is watching car location on the live track map. 

Blind spots are also caused by tight corners, elevation changes and a combination of both.  

Andrew Burden

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