Alienturnedhuman wrote:3. What Ferrari have been accused of doing is not having a different interpretation of a regulation, (the regulation in question is stated that the fuel flow rate should never exceed 100kg/h in any given 100th of a second interval) - they have been accused of tampering with the FIA mandated sensor for confirming there is no breach of regulation. It's the equivalent of trying to sneakily hand Vettel a 25kg dumbbell before being weighed at the end of the race and building the car 25kg underweight.
This is something a lot of people supporting Ferrari in this matter don't seem to (or don't want to) get. The allegations against Ferrari are nothing like an ordinary loophole. The allegation is that they deliberately bypassed the fuel sensor, something the regulations state in black and white that you cannot do.
All cars must be fitted with a single fuel flow sensor, wholly within the fuel tank, which has been manufactured by the FIA designated supplier to a specification determined by the FIA. This sensor may only be used as specified by the FIA. Furthermore, all fuel delivered to the power unit must pass through this homologated sensor, and must all be delivered to the combustion chambers by the fuel injectors described by Article 5.10.2.
Homologated sensors which directly measure the pressure and temperature of the fuel supplied to the fuel injectors must also be fitted, these signals must be supplied to the FIA data logger.
Any device, system or procedure the purpose and/or effect of which is to increase the flow rate or to store and recycle fuel after the measurement point is prohibited.
There is no loophole to be found there. If the allegations are true, it is cheating
, not a clever idea the FIA didn't think of. That's why it's different from something like Red Bull's flex wing or Mercedes' brake ducts. Those were areas where either the part was able to pass the test (Red Bull) or the rules were unclear (Mercedes). This is more like when Red Bull deliberately ran their car over the fuel flow rate at Australia 2014 because 'we wouldn't have been competitive if we obeyed the sensor.'