FIA responds to Red Bull with new engine map rule

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Mark Webber, Red Bull, Hockenheim, 2012In the round-up: The FIA introduces new rules aimed at stopping Red Bull from using the same engine maps they had in Hockenheim.


Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

F1 imposes Red Bull rule change (BBC)

“The FIA has attempted to close the loophole with a new rule that asks teams to nominate any one engine map used in the first four races of the season as a “reference” map.”

Decoding the Red Bull engine map controversy (Sky)

“By using the map to retard the ignition at key points, it is possible to have the engine produce less torque than it is capable of in chosen parts of the rev range. This is what Red Bull’s Hockenheim map was doing.”

Perez will not push Ferrari for a seat (Autosport)

“It’s not [something] that I will push. I have to see what the options are and then I will decide. If there is an opportunity with them [Ferrari] or another team then that is the time to know.”

The Concorde Agreement (Joe Saward)

“No-one seems to be making any decisions until it is clear what is going to happen with Bernie Ecclestone. His staff insisted up until Saturday night that he was going to be in Germany, but he did not show up and while he does miss quite a few races these days, this one appears to be rather more significant.”

Waxworks, schoolboys and marbles (ESPN)

“The Toro Rosso team were wheeling the car back from scrutineering and they deserted the car in the pit lane when it started chucking it down.”

Red Bull: Going too far? (Grand Prix)

“The replay of the Hamilton overtake showed the positioning of the Red Bull and McLaren to be identical to the controversial moment with Button a few laps later. The difference this time was that Vettel, instead of running off the road at the exit, ducked inside and got alongside Hamilton, only for the superior grip from the fresh Pirellis to shoot the McLaren forward. Button, as Horner pointed out earlier, was struggling. Had Vettel tried a repeat of the inside line, he might have stood a better chance. Certainly a more legitimate one.”

Stewart vs Jenkinson: safety in motor sport (MotorSport)

“Now, 40 years later, it?s easy to judge. Jackie [Stewart] was, of course, right. But we have to remember the context of the times. Life was as valued as it is today, but the acceptance that death was a price racing drivers should almost expect to pay was a deep-rooted attitude that divided a tough sporting world. To some extent, it always will.”

Comment of the day

James Brickles has an alternative plan for slowing down drivers who go off the track:

If I recall, didn’t Snetterton use long stalks of corn as a means of slowing the cars down when they go flying off the track?
James Brickles

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On this day in F1

The 1992 German Grand Prix was another win for Nigel Mansell but he had to work for it, passing Ayrton Senna after pitting. Mansell accomplished this by cutting across a chicane in a manner which certainly would not be tolerated today.

Senna got ahead of the Williams pair by not stopping for fresh tyres. Riccardo Patrese spun out trying to pass Senna for second place on the last lap, promoting Michael Schumacher onto the podium in his first home race.

Here’s the battle between Senna and Patrese:

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40 comments on FIA responds to Red Bull with new engine map rule

  1. romeo said on 26th July 2012, 12:23

    RBR need exhaust feed diffuser to succeed as their cars based on that concept and all they do is to try and find a hole in the regulations by playing word games. As much as their car design the engine they had is the best one for feeding diffuser with exhaust gases. On the other hand for this season FIA introduced some new regulation just to prevent use of exhaust gases for diffuser feeding. I think RBR is forcing his chance by messing with new regulations. The next time they may not escape with just a soft warning as FIA is not a consistent organization in its judgments.

  2. Aldoid said on 26th July 2012, 18:04

    Seems like RBR is gonna keep throwing time & money @ trying to replicate the blown diffuser effect. Never mind the fact that Webber isn’t too keen on the concept & that he’s had the measure of Vettel so far this season. It seems Vettel only truly excels when his car has something bordering on illegal giving him the kind of downforce nobody else on the grid (not even his team mate) has.

  3. dkpioe said on 27th July 2012, 14:32

    i find it most interesting that the engine mapping is to do with an ecu created by “Mclaren”. Every team uses it, but Rebull seem to be smarter then even mclaren themselves with their own device.

  4. Michel S. (@hircus) said on 27th July 2012, 16:34

    Webber must be breathing a huge sigh of relief that yet another EBD development is nixed after only costing him performance in one race – else it might ended up being a repeat of 2011

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