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Old 10 Dec 2019, 23:54 (Ref:3946040)   #91
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Interesting article here from Mark Hughes on the breach of the declared fuel weight in Leclerc's Ferrari:

https://www.motorsportmagazine.com/o...nd-controversy

It seems clear that the only reason to breach this rule would be to exceed the maximum fuel flow regulation, so why was the car not simply DSQ'd? Was the other car also breaching the regulation?
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Interesting article here from Mark Hughes on the breach of the declared fuel weight in Leclerc's Ferrari:

https://www.motorsportmagazine.com/o...nd-controversy

It seems clear that the only reason to breach this rule would be to exceed the maximum fuel flow regulation, so why was the car not simply DSQ'd? Was the other car also breaching the regulation?
There is smoke, but no fire. As the article states, Ferrari claims to have been weight checked multiple times this season with this being the only infraction. So if they were gaming the flow sensor and running a higher flow rate, they should have been caught out by the earlier checks. Plus the potential to mistakenly provide the wrong number when declaring the fuel load.

Now that I have finished arguing the Ferrari position (and I think they can make a strong argument against your DSQ idea), there clearly is a lot of smoke. Maybe they used this more in qualifying than in the race (as the article speculates). Who knows the details of the previous weight checks? Maybe the FIA allows some secret threshold of overage (similar to the jump start system) before they deem the weight suspect. So who knows maybe they have been suspiciously high a number of times and just now the FIA acted. The clarification that the other teams asked for, impoundment and inspection of the Ferrari fuel system and movement to include a second sensor into the system in the future means there is strong suspicion that Ferrari are gaming the flow. It very well could be that if they are doing so, it might be clever enough that definitive physical evidence may be difficult or nearly impossible to obtain using the current monitoring system (hence additional sensor in the future). So Ferrari may have been exposed/penalized as deeply as the FIA feels they can defend based upon the existing evidence.

Additionally, after all of this speculation, investigation and rule clarification, I believe Ferrari has lost a bit of their edge that they commanded earlier in the season. Perhaps after the rule clarification they have stopped any creative methods? I doubt we will ever know for sure.

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