F1 » Newey: Rule change led to slow start

Adrian Newey says Red Bull was slow out of the blocks in 2012 after being forced to make a late change to its exhaust design

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107ss2009 - Unregistered

January 19, 2013 4:31 PM

With the hope that Crash Net will cling on line (it had just crashed again five minutes ago), back to the subject of the FIA wording and interpretations of what complies with the rules and what is illegal.
How can it be right that a team that passed scrutinising (Sauber in Australia “rear wing”) will be found to have raced an illegal rear wing after the race are thrown out of the race results, and a team that has raced three races and won two of them with a car that has passed scrutinising and after a week from the last race being declared/ruled illegal (after downing on them that the stewards were on the wrong side of the law) keep all their points?.


January 19, 2013 5:52 PM

sunny. your log on also seems to hve crashed!

after the race, the sauber was measured. despite measuring ok before the race, after the race, the wing was found to be in a different height position, for reasons unknown. therefore it FAILED measurement.

but the bulls were scrtinied before the race, and were found to be legal, in accord with the rules at the time, and after the race, nothing had changed. they were still legal in accord with the rules. at no time were the bulls found to be illegal. they complied with the rules as they were written. but due to neweys interpretation of the rules in a manner not liked by the the fia (and some others), the rules were then re worded. there cannot be retrospective ruling .

the bulls had an exhaust duct disallowed BEFORE it was used. macca had a bent floor disallowed BEFORE it was used. lotus had active ride height disallowed BEFORE it was used


January 19, 2013 7:47 PM

Richard, everything seems to be back to normal now.
The Sauber rear wing infringement was about a minimum radius on the upper face of the wing (reference, Gocar GR tech files f1) “a highly recommended site”, anyhow once they were found out (after the race) they were thrown out of the points.
Re the RBR rear floor hole, no measurements were involved, only the interpretations of the rules were involved, the stewards declared the RB8 legal to race for three races, two of which RBR won, on the third race at Monaco with three teams determined to appeal the race results it downed on the FIA that the stewards were on the wrong side of the law in their technical interpretations of the RB8 floor/hole, the FIA appealed to the teams not to appeal the race results and promised to discuss the RB8 floor/hole and take a final decision before the next race, the result was the FIA declaring the RB8 illegal. The consequences of the FIA stewards interpreting what constitutes a hole and a slot technically


January 19, 2013 9:09 PM

Red Bull are a fabulous outfit which is pushing the boundaries regards engineering whether Aero or mechanics and knows how to step up development throughout a season which was key in the 2012 season.

This team has a genius as its Chief technical officer and does not need to cheat.

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