Giovinazzi urges F1 to implement rear-view cameras

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Sauber's Antonio Giovinazzi believes Formula 1 should follow the practice initiated by GT racing and install rear-view cameras on F1 cars.

Endeless aerodynamic development in F1 has reached a point where rear-view mirror efficiency is now compromised by rear bodywork and wings that obscure a driver's vision towards the rear.

Haas' Kevin Magnussen has called out the impairment, claiming mirrors have become "really bad and useless", leaving drivers blind at crucial moments.

Giovinazzi, who will race full-time with Sauber next season, insists the time has come to help a driver's vision with modern-day technology.

"I think it’s a good thing. Now it’s really difficult to see with the mirrors with the aerodynamics at the back of the car, so maybe a screen will help," reckons the young Italian driver.

"It will depend where you put the screen and everything, but I think it can be a good option.

"In an endurance race you need the mirrors more because an LMP1 car is coming or a GT car is behind you, so you need to see more.

"I think this was really good for drivers to have a camera to see what’s behind."

Queried on the subject, Haas boss Guenther Steiner revealed that the rear-view camera concept is currently being investigated by the FIA.

"The technology is out there' it’s already available," acknowledged Steiner.

"We could do that, and I think it’s in discussion with the FIA at the moment. [F1 Race Director] Charlie Whiting is looking into it."

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