F1 » Williams, McLaren accused of flouting gearbox rules

False retirements suspected in Bahrain Grand Prix as teams use loophole to steal a march in gearbox use.

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May 01, 2012 2:42 PM
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They pulled the cars out because they were not going to get any points, read the article lol.

edit to add

Red Bull also tried to pull the finger in @ Sepang for the same reason, but he ignored team orders lol.

JJJ - Unregistered

May 01, 2012 3:45 PM


Yep they did, rather comically I might add. I don't know if it was just the message itself or the fact that the finger, not having a working radio, just continued on and finished the race without problems, but it almost seemed like they were having a laugh at the expense of the FIA with that one "stop the car, stop the car, emergency! emrgency!"...Yeah right.

Btw, if McLaren pulled in JB for this reason they sure went through great lenghts adding an engine mode that purposely makes the engine sound sick judging by how that car sounded when Jenson entered the pitlane


May 01, 2012 4:32 PM

HRC and BUNDY, both spot on.
BLUBLZ, I can't make anything out of fwfd.
The Mercedes DDRS is legal as the FIA says so, even so its function would not happen without driver movement, and even so the FIA rules say that no driver movement should affect aero.
Incidentally JB produced his fastest lap after the pit stop to replace a punctured tyre and with the exhaust broken.
Rumours were doing the rounds that mclaren have a new slimmer gearbox in the pipeline which will allow the use of different rear bodywork, by retiring JB they would be able to use the new gearbox four races in advance..

sam - Unregistered

May 01, 2012 5:07 PM

they should change rule to say can change gearbox only if retire with broken gearbox. and confirmed by fia inspector. it is stupid that driver can retire with broken suspension and get free gearbox change.

sam - Unregistered

May 01, 2012 5:34 PM

would be better if apply penalty whether driver retires or not, better if five place drop if gearbox lasts only one race, four place drop if only two, three place drop if only three and two place drop if only four.

Nealio - Unregistered

May 01, 2012 6:02 PM

What's the hubbub about? A team should be able to retire it's car anytime it wants to. A retired car doesn't win the race does it? Who is a journo to tell an F1 team what they can do?
So they gain an advantage (maybe) for the next race. That is the point in F1.

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