F1 hopes for rule clarification
FIA CLAMPING DOWN:A meeting by technical directors is being held before the upcoming Hungarian GP to clarify the rules regarding this issue.
F1 fanatics are expecting the FIA to clamp down on Red Bull's clever engine mapping which has been compared to a form of legal traction control.
Prompted by the stewards' admission at Hockenheim, which claimed they were powerless to ban the system, technical directors held a meeting on Monday July 23 to discuss the situation.
With the Hungarian F1 GP scheduled for this weekend, insiders are expecting a clarification of the rules to come from the meeting.
"Clearly the FIA is frustrated by it," McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh said, "so I think it will be better for there to be clarity and to stop doing it in the future."
Joan Villadelprat, a veteran F1 engineer and columnist for El Pais newspaper, explained: "In F1 the regulations are very strict in some respects, and in others there is some flexibility."
Red Bull boss Christian Horner also indicated a rule tweak was likely.
"The (current) regulations are clear, so there could well be further technical directives designed to try to further clarify those regulations," he said.