I just read in facbook something that caught my eye. It hasn´t been mentioned here and maybe @keithcollantine might enlighten us.
It seems that the Splitter (seems it´s a part on the floor) of 3 teams did not pass scrutiny in the malasya gp. It seems it appeared in some italian newspapers? Anybody know or have read anything about this?
It seems it did not pass the weight or flex test.
It seems that the teams that had problems with this are RBR, Lotus and Mercedes. Anybody know anything about this???
Not sure it was swept under the rug due to all the media’s focus pointing elsewhere or it was not that big of a deal, maybe the teams were just questioned regarding the legality of theses parts. We will only find out in Malaysia I guess
They passed scrutineering. Had they not, the results would immediately be thrown out. See Toyota after 2009 Australian GP qualifying and Sauber after 2011 Australian GP race.
What the FIA were unpleased at was basically the way that they passed the test.
Given that no item in the world is infinitely rigid (everything, no matter what, will bend/flex under enough load) then basically the FIA’s flex tests do have some tolerance under a specified load, and they have another allowance for manufacturing defects (because no factory manufacturing machine is 100% accurate).
In China 2012 McLaren were also victim to this. There was a 3mm tolerance, but the FIA felt that (due to how consistently McLaren was scraping through the flex test with the 3mm tolerance in mind) that McLaren had in fact designed their car with the 3mm tolerance in mind, rather than the 3mm being allocated for manufacturing defects.
Given that the cars have passed through scrutineering at each event, the results will stand. However, there could be a technical directive sent out to “clarify” the situation to teams.