Post by D Munz Post by email@example.com Post by Sir Tim
Yes. But what can the FIA do, short of banning any of its technical
staff from ever working for one of the teams?
is it different, really, from McLaren signing an aerodynamicist from
Red Bull (which they did)? This happens all the time, and as long as
there is gardening leave and as long as no actual documents are
transferred then all is good - or at least shrugged off.
How much do you think Williams know about how Mercedes operate?
The one difference I can think of, is that in the case of power
units there are probably very few along the pit lane who really
knows what goes on inside them. How much do Force India know about
the technical details of the PUs they use?
But is that that real a difference? My mind is not made up one way or the other.
What about the whole oil burning thing? He may know something there
that could allow a team to lodge a protest or make improvements.
TTBOMK the ability to switch on and off the amount of oil an ICE uses in F1
will vanish next year. From 2018 the FIA has banned the solenoid between the
crankcase and plenum that can be used to pressurise the crankcase (and thus
allow more oil past the rings).
Post by D Munz
he could have insight to what the FIA is planning on a clamp-down.
It is a can of worms and, in theory, the gardening leave time dilutes
the value. (I actually did this here going from the environmental
regulating agency to a consultancy. I was young and a little stupid
in that I didn't recognize the value of some of my knowledge around
the effects of air pollution control equipment on process efficiency
so it didn't really matter but I get the issue now.)
What is the best way to control things so that it is fair to the
individual and the sport; I don't really know.
IMO working for the FIA in a position such as his should automatically
disquallify you from ever working with an F1 team at any time in the future.
This guy has intimate details of everything on every car from wheelnuts to
aero to suspension to energy harvesting to the tiniest details of the PU. It
was his job to scrutineer systems that might be in the grey areas of the
rules and then say if they were legal or not. He knows all of the secrets of
all of the teams.
"Humans will have advanced a long, long way when religious belief has a cozy
little classification in the DSM*."
David Melville (in r.a.s.f1)
(*Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders)