F1 » Wolff: We’ve exceeded expectations

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says the team has exceeded expectations with its results so far in the 2013 F1 season

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August 22, 2013 7:58 PM

frozen candle. the question was if the dd was illegal or cheating. in my opinion, once the main teams had been told that their designs for such devices, then it was of course cheating. it was only for the fact that fia did not publicly disallow the system that other teams sprung it at the first race, where they could legitimately claim that it had not been banned. the fia were too weak to take action as two teams were pulling out, and they were concerned about the possibility of a break away series. they didn't twig on to the fact that it provided such a boost, that a backmarker team could suddenly be a race winner. the fact was that the three main teams had letters from fia stating that the dd was illegal


August 22, 2013 8:31 PM

"the question was if the dd was illegal or cheating"

Pretty much what I explained, Richard. If the section of permitted extra bodywork was considered a separate entity, it would be a legal design. If it was considered a part of the diffuser, it would be an illegal design. The FIA's poorly written and vague regulations allowed that exploitation, and allowed the three teams to turn up with questionable, but legal extension of their diffusers.

I do see the point you're raising, but personally I believe the FIA would have no right to deem a design illegal when they'd left the door wide open for exploitation to begin with. Nor do I believe that Brawn, Toyota and Williams would turn up with a blatantly illegal design, knowing that the FIA wouldn't punish it.

It's similar to the engine-mapping/blown-diffuser debate, where again teams used some pretty creative interpretations of the regulations to develop a system that would otherwise not be permissible. Incidentally, it was also the FIA's


August 22, 2013 8:33 PM

*the end got cut off :-)*


Incidentally, it was also the FIA's poorly written and contradictory regulations that left enough shadow of doubt for Mercedes to believe they could test a 2013 car with Pirelli. Teams are always going to push the limits of what's acceptable so long as the FIA keeps leaving doors open. Whether it's moral or in the spirit of fair competition is another story...


August 22, 2013 9:03 PM
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frozen candle. not disputing either, but yes, the fia is the main culprit. like when rbr got a letter from fia about their hole in the floor, but when others complained, they acted promptly and banned it from that date on. and then their rules stating that the exhausts had to be above the pods and could not be used for aerodynamic effect....and what happened? the coanda appeared and again the fia did nothing this inconsistency and ambiguity is really ruining the sport. it will be interesting to see what grey areas are exploited next year. I am f the opinion that the exhaust will again feature strongly!.

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