Post by ~misfit~ Post by M2T
Yup, it's the battery system that Whiting has allowed them to use.
How long did the bending wings saga go on for? That was another
example of Whiting unable to do his job.
What pisses me off is that Whiting investigated and established that there
is the potential to cheat but took Ferraris word that a) They can't fix the
problem until next year and b) they won't cheat even though they could
easilly and nobody would be wiser.
Whiting accepted that and said their systems could stay as-is for this year
and Ferrari, knowing they were in the clear for this year then rolled out
their upgrades not even having to pretend their system wasn't able to bypass
the electrical metering. Whiting gave them a free pass to use as much
electrical energy as they want to.
Now Ferrari is looking unbeatable, Haas is looking easilly best of the rest
and even Sauber is more often than not in the points (at least wth their
F I A....
Yes, it's the dramatic improvement in the performance of the customer
teams that really underlines the fact that Ferrari have found something
special. It's easy to jump to the conclusion that Ferrari *must* be
cheating (as they have done in the past) but perhaps they have just done
something that nobody else has thought of.
Nevertheless, Craig Scarborough is interesting on the subject:
“Battery technology is a complete closed book," explained Scarborough in
a video for Motorsport.tv, before going on to clarify details of the
accusations being levied at Ferrari.
“By running these batteries in parallel, you could get more energy going
to the engine. That would give you more than a 120 kW boost of power,
which obviously is illegal because that is a hard cap, measured from the
DC connections on the battery."
Although the FIA have now announced that they deem the set-up to be
legal, Scarborough confirmed that the sport's governors did struggle to
understand the system at first - a matter complicated further when
Ferrari made some last-minute alterations to their software.
“They've measured this...They were a bit confused, but they've gone back
to Ferrari for clarifications.”
Apparently Ferrari have made some software changes, which only confuses
the issue. Were these software changes to stop what they were doing? Or
were they so the FIA can understand exactly what was going on so they
can track this?
The swift change in software prior to an FIA investigation will
certainly raise some eyebrows within the sport. However, the apparent
length of time for which Ferrari seem to have been operating the system
suggests that it may not be solely responsible for their upturn in
fortunes this season.”
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