Cam wrote:or maybe, just maybe, there was no breach?
But there was
Article 34.5 of the Sporting Regulations
In order that the scrutineers may be completely satisfied that no alterations have been made to the suspension systems or aerodynamic configuration of the car (with the exception of the front wing) whilst in post qualifying parc ferme, it must be clear from physical inspection that changes cannot be made without the use of tools.
"It was something that could either be changed by hand or by tool, but the FIA said they preferred it was a tool that was used," Horner told AUTOSPORT.
Horner, in every single interview on this topic has deflected the question like a true politician and tried to change the issue into whether or not manual adjustments were made. That is irrelevant
. Completely besides the point. In itself, nothing to do with the rule in question. Which he admits was broken, even if he doesn't use these exact words.
I'm not arguing that they should be punished, that argument has lost its relevance because they weren't even though they should have been. I'm asking why weren't they? Why is it that all the FIA did, was reiterate what was already stated in the rules? No, they didn't even do that if Horner's quote is accurate; if it is, then all they did was ask them to please not use the option to make the manual adjustments, if it please the good sirs. Why?
Also, I'm not
calling them cheats. They would have been cheating if they had made the adjustments manually, which is what the rule was drawn up to prevent from happening, and there is simply no way to be sure whether they did or not. I am
saying they broke the rules. I am saying this, and will keep on saying this, because Horner and Marko and anyone at RBR who has been questioned about this has admitted that it was possible to make manual adjustments even though the rule states it should not be. That they broke this particular rule is not in question. If they cheated, that's up for debate I guess, but it's not a debate I care to get into.