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Red Bull was let off by the stewards following an investigation into the suspected illegal engine mapping on its cars at the German Grand Prix.
The two drivers, Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber, were potentially facing an exclusion of their qualifying times should the FIA had ruled that the car was in contravention of technical regulations.
Although the governing body does not agree with Red Bull’s explanation, it reasoned that the defending constructors’ champions had not infringed the word of the said regulations.
“The stewards received a report from the FIA technical delegate, along with specific ECU data from Red Bull Racing cars one and two. The stewards met with the team representatives and the representative of the engine supplier Renault,” read a statement.
“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 break the text of article 5.5.3 of the Formula 1 technical regulations and therefore decide to take no further action,” it confirmed.
Renault was understandably pleased with the decision.
“Formula 1 is a tight environment and we have to try to find every hundredth (of a second) that we can,” said Cyril Dumont, Renault’s principal track support engineer to Red Bull. “We’re not racing lawn-mowers and we were pleased to show that our package was very strong.”
Despite the scare, Vettel wasn’t unnerved about the situation and remained calm ahead of the race.
“Our car was on the grid and not in the pit lane so I guess it was fine,” the defending world champion said. “There wasn't much I could do, could I, so as I said, as soon as we got the message that it was fine, which I think we were convinced of, then there was no more need to spend any energy thinking about that.”