Post by ~misfit~ Post by Mark Jackson Post by ~misfit~ Post by Mark Jackson Post by Bigbird Post by Bobster
AIUI, Force India were called before the Beak because their car
numbers were not clearly visible from the front. They had a
number, of course, but high up where it was facing the sky.
So do RB run under different regs?
We'll know after scrutineering at the next event. Everybody passed
in Spain; the fact that the stewards took up the question for FI
after the event suggests that they were specifically challenged.
Also it was nothing to do with numbers being visible from the front
- it was from the side.
Not true according to everything I've seen, including
"Although Force India increased the size of the numbers, the FIA
judged that the positioning high on the nose were in contravention of
"Sporting director Andy Stevenson added that Force India had checked
its number plans with the FIA beforehand, but said the team would
co-operate on meeting the governing body's request.
"'We clearly we thought we were in compliance because we showed the
FIA our intentions at the race in Sochi, and they weren't questioned,"
Stevenson told Autosport.
"'The sporting regulations say the number has to be clearly visible
from the front of the car.
"'If you were to stand in front of the car and were just about to be
run over, you would see the number!'"
And today http://classic.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/129583 shows
the fix: front number moved off the horizontal service down onto the
That last link mentions that the drivers TLA (Three Letter Abbreviation) has
to be visible from the side - maybe that's where I went so very very wrong.
The article also prompted a memory as I read FI were putting the TLAs on the
shark fin.... I seem to remember that the FIA proposed teams *add* a shark
fin with the drivers TLA on it several years ago and they declined as they
didn't want shark fins on their cars. (Of course I could be wrong about
exact details of this, I don't read the official pdfs and tend to go by what
certain commentators say.) It seems ironic now that all cars are running
shark fins (at least for the balance of this season).
"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)
Still doesn't explain how Ferrari gets away with it. They just had the number on the shark fin; no TLAs to be seen.