Scuderia_Russ wrote:It amazes me that other teams on the grid can get away with this...
I think it's pretty obvious there are more details that came into play and it's distinguishable from what people are talking about here. I can easily
imagine Renault simply saying "we have evidence that other teams have improved their engine curve" etc from video/sound or whatever and essentially saying that other teams have been allowed to make modifications outside of the spirit of the rules which Renault have not done - and so they should be allowed leave to catch up.
Of course, they could have done this anyway - I mean, how could they punished if other teams have already done it? - but by making something public of it as they have done they've achieved two other things: they've make it impossible for the FIA to say no to them (for fear of Renault making something even bigger/public about it) and also it gives a very public and credible reason to Renault fans and sponsors why they were underperforming. I.e.: We've been at a disadvantage. If we can fix this, we'll be fighting at the top again.
It's a good strategy by Flavio and has nothing to do with trying to get something other teams haven't already gone ahead and done themselves. It's not like the mass-damper where it boiled down to the rules being changed, in-essence, because Ferrari tried and failed at building a similar device... when they failed they threw their toys out of the cot.