Post by Michael Gooding
If deliberate, did they really think they'd get away with it? If not, seems pretty slack by today's standards.
Fwiw, their explanation was that the safety car laps meant they weren't
able to do any practice starts in the standing start conditions, so they
hadn't been able to tune the clutch parameters accordingly. The result
of the ones they did use was a more gradual application of torque than
As you say, they would surely have known these things are checked. And
given they really weren't even close to the required limits on either
car (out by factors of a bit less than 3 and a bit more than 4,
respectively), it sounds to me like somebody did just mess up.