Due to talk of a controversial ban on visor tear-offs, all of Formula 1 is in an uproar. Daniil Kvyat thinks they should all just go back to kindergarten already.
The FIA was making plans to prevent drivers from tossing tear-offs out of the cockpit, fearing that they would get caught in wheels and cause all sorts of unwanted mayhem. But no driver wants to be wading around in soiled wipes either and therein lies the conflict. Tear-offs are essential to keep dirt and oil from building up on the visor, but is there a sanitary, pleasant way to dispose of them without murdering everyone else on the track?
It appears FIA has yet to find the answers to the important questions. Following Thursday’s post-practice briefing, they announced that there would be no ban enforced this weekend and that tear-off use should be kept to a minimum. Kvyat isn’t exactly sure what had been agreed on, but he thinks that FIA shouldn’t be imposing rules when they haven’t offered any solutions
“I don’t know, it’s kind of kindergarten talk to be honest, whether you can use zero, or two, or ten, that you can only use them in the toilet or something. It was raised in the drivers briefing and I think there is still some optimisation going on between the FIA and the teams to try and understand what is the best solution, but the last thing you want on a track like Monaco is to be blinded by the oil, which goes between the [visor] layers and, if your vision is minus five, that is how you see sometimes.
“If the FIA really wants to do this, they should come up with something that explains to us how to do it inside [the cockpit] or it’s not going to happen for safety reasons, for the vision we need this. We can have an agreement that we will use as little as possible, only when it’s really necessary. But we need to use them”
Perhaps in calling them all kindergarteners, Kvyat is referring to a sort of magical thinking that precludes practicalities and basic consideration from the drivers it affects. A child can afford to get by on this sort of thing, but it has no place on a racetrack where drivers are mostly imperiled enough without needing that extra element of poor visibility and discomfort in their seating area.