F1 » FIA issues engine mapping clarification

Engine mapping regulations revised after Red Bull engine mapping drama at Hockenheim

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Jack Mordino

July 25, 2012 6:40 PM

Why don't they just make a single car and just paint it with different colours thus sparing the expenses of having everyone spend money in order to finally build a car that is identical to everyone else's. The technology restrictions in F1 have become a joke. When consumer cars will be using fusion reactors F1 will still be racing the same cars as today.

nelsonia - Unregistered

July 25, 2012 7:23 PM

Another day, another clarification. the circus won't end. any f1 engineer worth his salt will work to push the limits of those rules. while it is easy to condemn redbull for pushing them too far you can't really blame for trying. lets just hope there aren't many rule changes that curtail innovation. f1 is much about cars as it is the drivers and engineers


July 25, 2012 7:24 PM

if Red Bulls engine mapping isn't what it should have been in Germany then shouldnt they get their points taken away because the car was illegal ?!!!! closing loopholes after the event but without penalties is a waste of time, we've been down this road before where the prize is worth more than the penalty

Richard Harris - Unregistered

July 25, 2012 7:31 PM

I may not understand the ECU that F-1 cars use but it would seem to me that the FIA would have set parameters for them and the teams should not in any way be allowed to re-program or change them or install diferent chips. I also do not undersatnd what the stewards can do, unless they are computer programmers. They seem to have a tough enough time just dealing with the drivers infractions during a race.
Maybe someone on the here can enlighten me on how these ECU's are programmed and who does the programming.
It also seems to me that it would be pretty easy to monitor, just hook up a laptop and download the info off the ECU. Why do the FIA and Charlie Whiting make it so hard?

Thanks for listening.

Rashan - Unregistered

July 25, 2012 7:32 PM

I think that once the rules are set at the beginning of the season they should not be able to be changed. Red Bull found a way to make an adjustment that was legal (fia had to change the rules to make it illegal!, im not a huge bull fan but you cant just go around changing rules when a team finds a way to go faster legally!

typo - Unregistered

July 25, 2012 7:33 PM

@Jack Mordino - that is an interesting comment... not sure how far your knowledge goes about fusion but, to say that road cars will by powered by a fusion reactor is like saying that soon we will have inhabitable colonies on the moon or mars... :)

how many decades you think thats away?


July 25, 2012 7:38 PM

The rule clarification means that any of the top teams could be affected, not just Red Bull. This makes for one very interesting race weekend. I wonder how many of the teams will shed tears by the time it's over.

nelsonia - Unregistered

July 25, 2012 7:51 PM

@sennaforever the existence of a loophole doesn't mean its exploitation is illegal. simply a grey area that is neither legal nor illegal and you can intepret it however you like till the rule making body clarifies I.e. seals it then it becomes illegal. you can be rest assured all laws not explicitly defined will have loopholes and the clever ones will exploit to the fullest.

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