Whiting: We’re stopping people breaking rules

Charlie Whiting with Sebastian Vettel

Charlie Whiting with Sebastian Vettel

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.

Adrian Newey in Valencia

“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.

Mark Webber

Mark Webber during practice day one at Valencia

“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.”

  • Butterfly

    So if the engine map can be changed by flicking a switch on the steering wheel then Red Bull will continue to use it? Is that what’s going to happen in Valencia?

    This is BS.

  • Barlow

    If it is such a big deal about people following the rules why was the blown exhaust issue not settled before the second race? Now almost half the season is gone and there are new rules that are so important they must be enforced immediately. Who did the president of the FIA work for on last job???? Just asking.