Lauda not convinced Red Bull is legal amid software changes on RB9

Niki Lauda

Niki Lauda

Niki Lauda did not sound convinced about the legality of Red Bull’s car as reports of illegal traction control echo around the Yeongam paddock, and points to recent FIA approved software changes on the RB9 package.

Mercedes’ Lauda, however, gave a less convincing answer when asked his thoughts about the Red Bull ‘system’.

“Red Bull did some software testing before Singapore,” he told Osterreich newspaper. “[I know] because the FIA said [that Red Bull] needed to change something about it.

“They did that and then everything was apparently fine,” added Lauda.

Race winner Sebastian Vettel pays homage to his car in Singapore

Race winner Sebastian Vettel pays homage to his car in Singapore

Told that his answer did not sound completely convincing as to Red Bull’s innocence, the legendary triple world champion insisted: “If you cannot prove anything, you should not speculate.”

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso on Thursday, however, insisted he does not think the reigning world champions are cheating.

“People talk a lot without knowing exactly what they are seeing or hearing,” a spokesman for the Maranello based team told Spain’s Marca newspaper.

“Ferrari will not protest,” he added, while correspondent Marco Canseco said that Ferrari is not even planning a mere clarification from the FIA. (GMM.)

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