Charlie Whiting has once again received a request of the Scuderia Ferrari, after that emerged as a result of the suspension systems auxiliary. In this case, as in that, the FIA has ruled against its use and, although the decision in Whiting is not binding, yes guide to the stewards of the Great Prizes in the event of a claim.
As published by Motorsport, Ferrari requested the use of a system whereby the torn-off from a standing start in the starting grid would be more uniform and consistent, although it is unknown whether in fact the intention was to prevent other teams to benefit of that ingenuity.
This system allowed to find the best possible position of the clutch to avoid wheel skidding in excess, in addition to controlling the number of revolutions of the engine at the time of exit.
With the current rules, pilots cannot be assisted about the configuration parameters of the procedure output, and should find themselves the most effective option. Because of this, outputs such as Lewis Hamilton in Italy or Japan were decisive for the championship and for this reason there have been teams that have worked on a way to avoid it.
to Release the brake and to fly
Such a system works so that, when the pilot accelerates to the background after selecting the first gear in its start position, the engine reaches revolutions preconfigured by the computer. Then the pilot steps on the brake, and, moments before the last red light of the traffic light turn on, release slowly the clutch to find the optimal position of torque to the output. Subsequently, the pilot lets go of the clutch and, when the lights go off, only you must release the brake so the car comes out fired in the direction of the first curve with the minimum-skating on the part of the rear wheels.
“When the lights are extinguished, the pilot should release the brake so that the car exit shot”
Taking into account all of this, Charlie Whiting has found the system illegally, in accordance with articles 9.2.2 and 9.2.7 of the technical regulations of Formula 1 which prohibit the detection of specific points in the operating range of the clutch which serve for detection by the pilot or to hold a specific position, as well as any device that assists the pilot on the movement of the clutch.
in Addition, Whiting believes that the system is dangerous because, at the time of releasing the brake, causes an automatic release of the engine revving to avoid skating and that may cause the operation of the system anticalado. If that happened, the car in question would be surrounded by other cars at high speed, with high risk of accident.
the opinion of The editor
were First the auxiliary systems of suspension, then the pistons of alloy steel 3D printed. Now Ferrari returns to uncover another technical ingenuity, giving the feeling that things really have changed at Ferrari.
A Ferrari that, under the direction of Jean Todt, became an innovative team and always flirted with the line between the legality of what is prohibited. A Ferrari that disappeared with the arrival of Stefano Domenicali and was overtaken by a Red Bull team that took good note of the path taken by Jean Todt, Ross Brawn and company.
over the past few years, teams like the own Red Bull, BrawnGP, McLaren, Renault or Mercedes have taken the initiative, not only on the track, but also in the offices.
¿Has woken up Ferrari out of its lethargy with the arrival of Mattia Binotto to the technical direction? Will have to wait to see the new car fruit of the revolution regulatory but, while that happens, it seems clear that Maranello has returned to move in offices, understanding that titles are earned both inside and outside of the track.