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The FIA cracked down on Red Bull’s advantage at the preceding German Grand Prix by issuing a technical directive that restricts the defending champions to use the engine mapping it ran during the weekend at Hockenheim.
The governing body’s technical delegate reported Red Bull to the stewards ahead of the race on Sunday, but it was established the team did not infringe the word of the regulations.
Jo Bauer believed that the cars in question generated “significantly less” torque in the mid-RPM range “than previously seen for these engines at other events”.
“None of us really know what it is that antagonised the FIA so much to provoke Jo Bauer to send the note that he did on Sunday morning,” McLaren managing director Jonathan Neale said during a Vodafone phone-in. “It was a quite unusual step.
“I don’t think the FIA would have referred it to the stewards if they didn’t have very serious concerns,” he was quoted saying on the official Formula 1 website.
But a clarification issued ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix is expected to clip Red Bull’s wings, although it is difficult to determine to what extent.
“It’s very hard to tell exactly what their engine is doing and how much advantage they get from it on their car as part of an integrated performance package,” Neale pointed out. “I know we’re not the only ones on the grid who are looking into this very carefully.
“I think we’ve all worked really hard for the first six months this year to work with the FIA and (race director) Charlie Whiting to get clear about what’s permitted and what isn’t. The FIA and Charlie have a difficult job there,” he explained.
“I hope we don’t get involved in rewriting regulations in the mid-season, as we did at Silverstone last year (with the exhaust-blown diffusers), because that created a reasonable amount of upset,” he recalled.
“However entertaining it was for the media, in terms of the sport consistency in regulations is good. I think there should be more effort put in enforcing the regulations rather than continually rewriting them,” he added.