F1 to use new hybrid monitoring system from Canada
The FIA will introduce an upgraded software package to monitor the energy recovery use of teams from the Canadian Formula 1 Grand Prix.
It follows an investigation into Ferrari after allegations were made that it was using more than the allowed 120kj of hybrid energy.
Ferrari uses a unique and complex energy store, using effectively twin batteries, which prompted the FIA to investigate the system further.
At the Monaco Grand Prix the FIA cleared the Scuderia of any wrong doing, and announced it will introduce new software to more easily monitor systems across all teams moving forward.
“Via a complex routine we were able to be satisfied that the Ferrari was okay,” said F1 race director Charlie Whiting.
“But we don’t want to have to go through that all the time in order to make sure, so we would rather additional measurements are made.
“What we will have for Canada will be a better system which will help us get things done much, much quicker, because it’s taken us a couple of races to get to the bottom of it.
“We want them to put extra monitoring on, but at the moment we’re having to do it in a painstaking way.
“It takes a little longer than we would like. We’ll arrive at the same conclusion, I would imagine. In Canada they will be providing a change of software.
“What we’re trying to do is to monitor exactly what the differences between the two halves of the battery are.
“That’s the crux of the matter.
“Other systems treat their battery as one; Ferrari, it’s one battery, but they treat it as two.”
The experience investigating Ferrari has highlighted an area Whiting feels the FIA needs to improve to ensure all teams are within the rules when it comes to their energy recovery systems.
“We really have been trying to get to the point where we are entirely satisfied that the power being delivered to the MGU-K is correct,” Whiting explained.
“It was difficult to explain exactly what we were seeing, that’s what we kept going through with Ferrari, because it’s a very complex and totally different system to anybody else’s.
“And in much the same way as we do with other bits of the car, we have to understand these things, it just took us a bit longer to understand what was going on.
“Their duty is to satisfy us that the car complies, as you know, but they were finding it hard to satisfy us.
“I think it’s wrong to say that Ferrari didn’t communicate, because they’ve been very helpful the whole way.
“It’s just been very painstaking and detailed work to try to get to the bottom of how their system works, and hence give us the comfort that we need.”
The Canadian Grand Prix will be held in Montreal on June 8-10.