Red Bull under investigation by FIA for illegal engine mapping
By Berthold Bouman
Red Bull Racing is under investigation by the FIA Stewards as FIA Technical Delegate Jo Bauer suspects the Austrian team has breached the technical regulations concerning engine mappings.
“It became apparent that the maximum torque output of both engines is significantly less in the mid rpm range than previously seen at other events,” Bauer said today at the Hockenheim circuit.
The full statement read, “Having examined the engine base torque map of car numbers 01 and 02 it became apparent that the maximum torque output of both engines is significantly less in the mid rpm range than previously seen at other events.
In my opinion this is therefore in breach of article 5.5.3 of the 2012 Formula 1 Technical Regulations as the engines are able to deliver more torque at a given engine speed in the mid rpm range.
Furthermore this new torque map will artificially alter the aerodynamic characteristics of both cars which is also in contravention of (technical directive) 036-11. I am referring this matter to the stewards.”
The FIA banned the exhaust blown diffuser at the end of the 2011 season, teams used the exhaust gases to give the diffuser an extra boost in corners, they achieved this by manipulating the engine mapping, but this is illegal now.
Teams were (and possibly still are) also manipulating engine maps to create an illegal form of traction control, as the torque is significantly less in corners, which reduces the power to the rear wheels.
Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner denied any wrong doing, if the FIA decides Red Bull is guilty they could be stripped of their qualifying positions and forced to start from the back of the grid. However, if Red Bull is found guilty they have the right to appeal the decision and in that case they would be allowed to start from their original positions on the start grid.
A decision is expected before the start of the race this afternoon.