FIA: Red Bull in the clear

2012-07-22 14:55

HOCKENHEIM, Germany - Red Bull escaped being penalised at the German Grand Prix after stewards cleared the team of a possible breach of technical rules.

The governing International Automobile Federation (FIA) had raised concerns, only hours before the 10th race of the season, about the engine torque mapping on the cars driven by Sebastian Vettel and team mate Mark Webber.

However, stewards said the rules had not been breached.


A statment from the FIA read: "While the stewards do not accept all the arguments of the team, they however conclude that as the regulation is written, the map presented does not breach.......the Formula One technical regulations and therefore decide to take no action."

Former race driver Derek Warwick, one of the stewards, said: "Obviously it wasn't great to have to go and explain torque maps and so on this morning, but we went through it with the FIA and the stewards and thankfully the verdict...was as we expected.

"There is nothing in the regulations that talks about the intent of a rule so it either complies or it doesn't. We were always very clear that our torque maps were compliant and that was the case."

FIA technical delegate Jo Bauer had said earlier in a sttatement that it appeared "the maximum torque output of both engines is significantly less in the mid rpm range than previously seen at other events.

"In my opinion this is therefore in breach of Formula 1 technical regulations as the engines are able to deliver more torque at a given engine speed in the mid rpm range.

"Furthermore this new torque map will artificially alter the aerodynamic characteristics of both cars which is also in contravention of (technical directive) 036-11. I am referring this matter to the stewards," he said.


Double world champion Vettel, third in the overall standings, has never won a Grand Prix in his native Germany.

Webber is second in the overall standings behind Ferrari's Fernando Alonso.

The FIA clamped down on the use of engine electronics and exhaust gases for performance gain last year after teams were found to be using what technical director Charlie Whiting called "extremely extreme" engine maps.

Red Bull still won both of the 2011 championships but have been less dominant this season even if their car is widely held to be the fastest.

The team's 2011 car was designed heavily around the exhaust system and now-illegal 'blown diffuser' and Red Bull have had to try and recover some of that lost performance.


  • jim.page.92 - 2012-07-22 21:12

    Why, at the so called "peak of technical innovation" are we stifling the innovation that has lead to so many of the motoring developments that we now take for granted? Another example of the techno-beaurocracy that is prevalent across the EU. Time for a break-away series methinks

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