Monday, 13 August 2012

Red Bull Loses its Wings

Prior to the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim, the FIA were alerted to the fact that Red Bull were running a questionable torque map by their technical delegate, Jo Bauer.  Having the job of ensuring all cars are within the regulations, eagle eyed Bauer had questions over the difference between the torque maps they were running for Silverstone and Hockenheim. 

Jo Bauer

The amount of torque needed varies between races and can be adjusted to take account of conditions. Silverstone and Hockenheim were similar in conditions making a big difference stand out under scrutineering.  They managed to get away with it in Germany with the FIA deciding that it didn't actually breach the regulations as they are currently written.  It was banned for Hungary. 

The RB8 under question

When interviewed in Germany, Christian Horner refused to talk conveying an air of guilt.  In Hungary, he said that the team push the boundaries when developing the car.  Maybe Red Bull are so worried about losing their top dog status that they need to push the boundaries too far and effectively cheat.  However, all teams push the boundaries to get ahead of each other, maybe it is just a case of Red Bull not hiding it so well this time.    

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