Agree. Mid-season changes should be off limits. The double diffuser was the only reason Brawn GP won in 2009, but it was allowed to continue until the commencement of the next season.Zynerji wrote: ↑Wed Apr 25, 2018 2:57 pmWORST. GOVERNING. MISTAKE. EVER.FMP wrote: ↑Tue Apr 24, 2018 9:35 pmThere isn't any new regulation. All they said was that teams have been complaining about the rules not being followed. FIA realises that the intent of the rules are difficult to put down in words for the rulebook. But they will enforce the intent of the rules rather than the exact wording and hence work on a case-by-case approach. There isn't any kind of rule change - you were never allowed to have engine modes just for blowing the wing.
Case by case subjective interpretation of the published rules is the fastest way to get ZERO signatories on the 2021 contract.
Who the fck wants to invest hundreds of millions just to have anything innovative that gives a competitive advantage (and legal under the published wording of the rules) subjectively outlawed during the season?
If anything, I'd be very concerned (as the teams) of this being the way forward, as it starts the slippery slope of fully manipulated racing. No self respecting team should tarnish their professional reputation by being a puppet in that play.
The cars have been scrutineered, and passed. They are, therefore, legal. If they wish to change the interpretation of the written rule, it shouldn’t be done so during the season. If a team has found a loophole, they ought to be able to exploit it - if it’s legal.
Going through cars on a case by case basis to see if they adhere to a new, unwritten, different interpretation of a written rule, which they have been scrutineered against and deemed legal, is an absolute sham.
People are so quick to spin the FIA - Ferrari international assistance card but really... they’re ready to ban something mid season that they only have the briefest of glimmers of a possibility that Ferrari MAY be benefiting from. Just like reducing the oil burning limit mid season last year. I’m all for announcing the ban to be introduced from the following season, but teams have already produced cars to the written letter of the rules, had them scrutineered to that standard, and passed.
At this rate it really is hard to interpret it as anything else other than manipulated racing.