Motorsport's governing body has revealed that it is to revert to using printed communications after an e-mail detailing a mandatory tyre choice for the Japanese Grand Prix failed to reach the Ferrari team.

A statement issued by the FIA some time after the Fuji race confirmed that the Scuderia was the only team not to receive the communiqu? insisting that all cars start on the 'extreme' Bridgestone wet tyre and, despite not being able to prove the actual time of receipt, issued an apology to the Italian outfit, which started on intermediates and was forced to pit by the stewards in the early stages.

As a result of the mix-up, the FIA has said that it will now combine the use of electronic communication with the more tried-and-trusted method of handing out bulletins to the teams.

"A communication from the stewards requiring all competitors to fit extreme wet-weather tyres for safety reasons was sent to all teams by email at 1235hrs local time today. Save for Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro, all competitors have confirmed that they received the email at 1237hrs," the statement revealed.

"It is understood that Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro did not receive the email at the same time as other competitors. As a result, Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro was the only team which did not start on extreme wet-weather tyres.

"The 2007 Formula One Sporting Regulations (Art. 15.1) state that, in exceptional circumstances, stewards or the race director may give instructions to competitors by means of special circulars in accordance with the Code and these circulars will be distributed to all competitors, who must acknowledge receipt.

"At a meeting of the Formula One Sporting Working Group held in Monaco on 7 December 2006, all teams agreed to an electronic distribution system to ensure that all competitors received communications simultaneously, with no time advantage for a team by virtue of their location in the pit-lane. This system has been used throughout the current championship year.

"To avoid any recurrence of today's problem, the agreed method of using electronic communications will continue to be used but, in future, will be backed up by the traditional method of written communication."

 

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