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  1. Embarrassing

    Well, the Ferrari controversy was because they had figured out a way to bypass the fuel flow monitor. This does not have a whole lot to do with the bigger question of what should be regulated and what should not be regulated.
  2. Hello everyone

    Well, I am
  3. Hello everyone

    Happy New Years everyone. Who all is on this site besides Lipstick79? I haven’t seen any new posts this year from anyone else.
  4. Embarrassing

    They were not competitive at Bahrain either. It is clear that Ferrari suddenly had a magic six-race window when they were the car to beat....and then suddenly ceased being the car to beat.
  5. 2021 Rule Changes

    The budget cap does not apply to engines. There has been some comments made by team principals (Ferrari) as to whether there should be a separate budget cap for engines.
  6. 2021 Rule Changes

    Well, I can't imagine that Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull are particularly happy over a set of budget caps that only affect them.....but I gather they understood that it needed to be done. Were they paying lip service to it in public and in private hoping to scupper the rules?
  7. 2021 Rule Changes

    Any truth to it?
  8. Embarrassing

    Yes, they were not competitive at Brazil. You are just reinforcing my argument.
  9. Embarrassing

    No....the complaint from rival camps was based upon an unusually good acceleration out of corners that Ferrari had. It was so good, they could not figure out how it was done legally. Therefore they started looking at where Ferrari was bending or breaking the rules. They appear to have found it.
  10. Embarrassing

    Well, there may have been multiple efforts going on. It does appear from the first Red Bull question and the first technical direction that they were simply inferring with the ability of the fuel flow meter to monitor the rate of fuel flow. That the third technical directive now insists upon a second meter sort of reinforces that. Again.....the argument that this was just a "clever interpretation" of the rules does not seem to fully explain the events we have seen.
  11. Embarrassing

    Yea, I don't think this is what all the controversy is about.
  12. Embarrassing

    This was alluded to in the second directive (depending on what you mean by fuel additives). So yes. One summary: The FIA then published a second TD ahead of the Brazilian Grand Prix, addressing the potential illicit use of flammable liquid in an engine's cooling system and reminding teams about the illegal practice of using oil for fuel in a unit's combustion chambers.
  13. Embarrassing

    It was obvious something was odd long before the first technical directive was issued. Many people had already noted and discussed the surprising extra power boost that Ferrari had coming out of the corners. This has been in discussion for a while. It was discussed on the other forum. In the end, such an advantage by one team over the rest can only come about through 1) a clever technical innovation, 2) a clever interpretation of the gray areas of the rules (i.e. Brawn's double diffuser) or, 3) a cheat. Now, clever technical innovations are pretty rare. They traditionally (historically) been outnumbered by "clever interpretations" and "cheats" probably by several orders of magnitude. So, from the beginning the most likely interpretation was that they were doing a "clever interpretation" or a "cheat." When the technical directives started coming out and they were seizing equipment from Ferrari, it was clearly more than just a "clever interpretation." Now, I don't know for certain that Ferrari cheated, but if you gave me even money on a bet on that, I would certainly lay down a sizable sum.
  14. Embarrassing

    Well, usually where there is smoke there is fire. We shall see. There will be more to come. Liberty, FIA and F1 in general probably don't have a strong reason to make that much of a stink about this. After all, it did not hurt F1 that Ferrari suddenly became competitive for six races. It livened up the show without changing the standings. That is why I keep asking about possible penalties. Would FIA delete their results in the six races where they clearly were using their "innovation" (and/or cheat) to their advantage? I kind of doubt it. It appears they are going to correct the problem going forward and then sweep it under the rug.
  15. Embarrassing

    A "routine check" that includes three new technical directives and the seizure of Ferrari's fuel system.