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2015-08-11 12:00

2014 SPA POLE-SITTER : Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg was on pole position at the 2014 Belgian GP. This year's race could be marred by starting issues. Image: AFP

LONDON, England - F1 engineers are concerned that the FIA's mid-season clampdown on race start procedures has not been properly thought through.

Initially, the measure to put more onus on the actual drivers rather than the technology and engineers barking detailed instructions was widely welcomed.

But it will come into effect at the 2015 Belgian GP at Spa-Francorchamps and according to Auto Motor und Sport, some teams are worried they cannot properly adapt their 2015 systems for the new rules.


F1 correspondent Michael Schmidt, adding that some teams are now 'critical' of the mid-year clampdown, said: "Some engineers are predicting a big mess at Spa. The FIA has been bombarded in recent weeks with requests from the teams about what is allowed and what is not."

Auto Motor und Sport reports the 2015-specification technology was designed to function with sophisticated software that needs to be adjusted for the optimal clutch settings - which differ from start to start based on a plethora of factors.

So if the driver now gets it wrong, "He will either have a bad start or he will burn it up (the clutch) later in the race," one engineer was quoted as saying.

Force India's team manager Andy Stevenson adds: "The driver will know in advance that he will have a bad start and will not be able to do anything about it."

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