The FIA are supporting Sebastian Vettel amid recent claims he is strolling towards the 2013 Formula 1 World Championship title with a Red Bull car that may be transgressing the rules.
Red Bull’s Helmut Marko has already dismissed claims that the RB9 is mimicking illegal traction control as “utter nonsense”.
But ex Formula 1 team owner Giancarlo Minardi had said that he saw and heard evidence with his own eyes and ears recently in Singapore, when Vettel was putting down the power 50 metres earlier than his rivals, while the Renault engine emitted traction control-like tones.
However, Formula 1 race director Charlie Whiting has told Sport Bild: “[FIA technical delegate] Jo Bauer has found no irregularities. Everything is under our control, and Vettel’s car complies with the regulations.”
Meanwhile, according to Bild newspaper, Red Bull’s determination to dominate Formula 1 can be seen in the team’s new € 100 000 jack.
The jack is reportedly designed to automatically lower the car once it detects that all four wheels have been secured during a pitstop.
Bild said that Red Bull’s powerful rivals including Ferrari and Mercedes are now working on similar systems.
Force India team manager Andy Stevenson is quoted as arguing that the innovation should be banned.
“If no one has it, everyone’s pitstop will be half a second slower. So who cares?” he said. (GMM)
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