Broken mirrors spell bad luck for Williams

Both Williams-BMW drivers had to cope with the unusual problem of wing mirrors coming off and flapping around during the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal on Sunday

Broken mirrors spell bad luck for Williams

Ralf Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya, who finished the race in second and third despite holding a one-two on the opening lap, both claimed that the offending item was a major distraction.

"It was a bit tricky because it was hitting my head while I was braking into Turn 1 a few times," explained Schumacher. "It was a bit scary sometimes and pretty distracting!"

Montoya, who had the same problem on his FW25, said: "It was bothering me quite a bit, especially when it was coming in the cockpit on top of my hands, and sometimes flopping around in front of my face.

"I couldn't see what was going on behind properly but the team told me when Fernando [Alonso] was within a couple of seconds at the end. I wasn't worried because I knew from when I passed him earlier that they had way too much downforce and there was no chance that he was going to pass me on the straight."

Williams technical director Patrick Head said: "We will have to try and avoid running a camera in them. The FIA wants us to do that occasionally and it's the weight of the camera that causes it. It's clearly changed the natural frequency [of the vibration] and the bond at the bottom had gone. We've got to beef them up a bit more."

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