Whiting: We’re stopping people breaking rules
25 June, 2011
Jun.25 (GMM) Head of the F1 Technical Department Charlie Whiting on Friday denied the FIA’s mid-season clampdown on blown exhausts is a political move aimed at slowing down the dominant Red Bulls.
“I am aware of some stories being written but to be frank with you I know it is not a political one,” Whiting told reporters at Valencia on the first day of the European Grand Prix weekend.
Red Bull team figures including Adrian Newey, Christian Horner, Helmut Marko and both Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber have been pointing out that earlier innovations, like the F-duct and double diffusers, were banned only at the end of a season.
“I know it is a purely technical intervention from our side and I feel perfectly comfortable with that,” insisted Whiting.
A distinction between the F-ducts and double diffusers and the blown exhaust issue is that while the FIA deemed the former as clever rules interpretations, it believes using the engine as an aerodynamic aid is illegal.
“What we are doing is stopping people breaking the existing rules,” declared Whiting. “We are not changing the rules; they’re staying the same.”
And he clarified that changing engine maps between qualifying and the race has not been completely banned.
“They (the drivers) are allowed to change things that they can do with a switch, on the steering wheel for example,” he said, confirming that connecting laptops to the cars to change the settings is now forbidden.
Mercedes GP team boss Ross Brawn backed Whiting’s action and said it has probably prevented some teams from lodging official protests.
“And that (protests) wouldn’t be very good for Formula 1,” said Brawn. “The stewards would probably find it quite a difficult argument to resolve and it would probably end up in the appeal courts and that’s no good.”