F1 hopes for rule clarification

2012-07-24 10:23

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.