Post by larkim Post by Mark Post by Murmur
If a car finishes classified, but then crashes during the cool-down
lap, is it weighed nevertheless (as the regulations prescribe)? And if
yes, how can it be done? Are all the detached bits and pieces
collected from the ground? What if the crash has caused fluid leaks?
I would expect (but don't know) that it would be weighed as usual and
its weight added to the driver's weight and, if there were any issues
(e.g. that it's underweight or insufficient fuel) that it would be dealt
with in the same way. If the team believed that the crash had caused
the issue, I'm sure there would be an appeals process the same as in any
other situation...but I wouldn't expect the requirement to simply be
disregarded because of the crash.
Someone might have an answer that refers to the specific rules, though.
Vettel's car isn't listed as being weighed in the steward's report of
race scrutineering - find it here:-
I suspect there's some provision which means that the slow down lap is
still defined as being part of the "race", and whatever provisions exist
for weighing DNF'ing cars probably applies. But am just guessing!!
Probably a better answer than the one I just posted...
The sporting regs say the following:-
"c) The relevant car may be disqualified should its weight be less than that specified in
Article 4.1 of the Technical Regulations when weighed under a) or b) above, save where
the deficiency in weight results from the accidental loss of a component of the car."
So the rules only say cars "may" be DQd (hence no obligation) and note the
specific exclusion of accidental loss of component of the car.
I'm not for a minute suggesting the "may" allows them loads of latitude,
but it does allow for discretion if there's a damned good reason why the
weight is non-conforming - rather than a blanked obligation.
There's also no obligation to weigh all cars - it says
"b) After the race any classified car may be weighed. "
So again, a "may" allows them to not bother if they don't want to.