Rule clarification expected over Red Bull mapping row
Red Bull Racing expects the FIA to review areas of its technical regulations after questions were raised over the team’s engine torque mapping in Hockenheim.
The FIA’s technical delegate Jo Bauer referred Red Bull to the stewards on race morning citing a potential breach of Article 5.5.3 of the regulations.
The rule was written to ensure a linear relationship between throttle pedal position and the torque demand placed on the engine.
A statement from Bauer suggested that the engine maps in both Red Bull cars lowered the torque demand in the middle of the rev range, potentially assisting traction.
Bauer also wrote that the new torque map “will artificially alter the aerodynamic characteristics of both cars.”
A decision from the stewards clearing the team of any penalty was delivered prior to the start of the German Grand Prix, but came with reservations.
“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 text of Art 5.5.3 of the Formula 1 Technical Regulations and therefore decided to take no action,” read the statement in part.
Speaking to media after the race, team principal Christian Horner indicated that rules could be further clarified in time for next weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix.
“I’m sure there is going to be debate about it,” said Horner.
“Conveniently, there is a technical working group meeting tomorrow and this will no doubt go on the agenda.
“The regulations are clear, so there could well be further technical directives that are designed to try and further clarify those regulations.”
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