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GP Week : Issue 163
The relative calm of Sunday morning in the Hockenheim paddock was blown to smithereens when FIA technical delegate Jo Bauer announced that Red Bull had been referred to the stewards for peculiarities in the engine mapping of both RB8s. “Having examined the engine torque map of car numbers 01 and 02 it became apparent that the maximum torque output of both engines is significantly less in the mid rpm range than previously seen for these engines at other events,” Bauer ’s technical report read. “In my opinion this is therefore in breach of Article 5.5.3 of the 2012 Formula One Technical Regulations as the engines are able to deliver more torque at a given engine speed in the mid rpm range. Furthermore this new torque map will artificially alter the aerodynamic characteristics of both cars which is also in contravention of TD 036-11. I am referring this matter to the stewards for their consideration.” The publication of the report raised more questions than it answered, although Bauer ’s findings appear to tally with comments the photographers have been making for much of the season – that despite the changes to the rules, the RB8 still sounds like they’re using an off-throttle blown diffuser. While the photographers are not engine specialists, they spend more time trackside, listening to the cars, than anyone else in the paddock. But Bauer’s report specifies that the torque map seen in Hockenheim differs from that seen at previous race weekends, leading to suggestions that the erroneous mapping – which was found on both Red Bulls – may have been down to simple human error. After much deliberation, the stewards decided that Red Bull were not guilty of infringing the regulation as it was written; the announcement was made shortly after 1pm, less than an hour before the race was due to start. “The stewards received a report from the FIA Technical Delegate, along with specific ECU data from Red Bull Racing Cars 1 & 2,” the stewards’ report read. “The Stewards met with the team representative 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 breach the text of Art. 5 .5.3 of the Formula One Technical Regulations and therefore decide to take no further action.” The matter was expected to be on the agenda when the F1 Technical Working Group meets in London today (Monday), and may result in a rule 'clarification'. FIA RULEBOOK: 50 SHADES OF GREY F1 >>> NEWS 3 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: