Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Hockenheim, 2012

No penalty for Red Bull over engine map

2012 German Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Hockenheim, 2012Red Bull will not be penalised over their engine torque maps ahead of the German Grand Prix.

“The stewards received a report from the FIA technical delegate, along with specific ECU data from Red Bull Racing cars one and two. The stewards met with the team representatives and the representative of the engine supplier Renault.

“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 break the text of article 5.5.3 of the Formula One Technical Regulations and therefore decide to take no further action.”

The decision confirms both Red Bull drivers will start the race with Sebastian Vettel second and Mark Webber eighth on the grid.

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  1. Until the FIA can find people of the calibre of the team’s engineers then this will always happen. That’s not to attack anyone at the FIA but it’s near impossible to make a water tight regulation.

    1. the FIA will have to find some silly money then methinks :)

  2. I expect rule clarification or free lunch for everyone for the next race.

  3. Interesting. I noticed during practice that the RB’s exhausts sounded much more like last year than usual when off throttle and speculated they might be doing something dodgy. Surely other teams and the FIA also picked up on this. I do wonder if these engine maps would even have been checked if there were not obvious signs of something different.

    Not surprising from Red Bull as they have repeatedly taken the spirit of the regulations to the absolute limit and relied on issues of semantics to talk their way out of being punished for it.

    Are there not any existing directives or precedence to punish teams for breaking the spirit of the regulations or is too much of a grey area?

  4. Seems like the FIA thinks drivers can only use two throttle positions, either on or off, prior to this race they’ve been totally unaware there are other positions in-between, fortunately jo our intrepid sleuth did such a good job that he uncovered the incredible truth inside red bulls ECU, there are more than two positions on a throttle !
    Furthermore, you could exploit this fact to allow the engine to deliver less torque than available (because you know it won’t go down the track anyway) while sending more air through the exhaust pipes. What a shame!!

    Thumbs up to jo !
    Black flag for the stewards who apparently refuses to accept the fact that it may exist because the rules does not mention it.

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