A new technical directive banning the use of ‘quali modes’ from the Italian Grand Prix was issued to Formula 1 teams today.As RaceFans revealed yesterday, the introduction of the ban has been delayed by one race. It was originally supposed to come into effect from next weeks’ Belgian Grand Prix.
In technical directive reference number 37, the FIA advised teams how it will enforce several technical and sporting regulations from the eighth round of the world championship. These include article 2.7 of the technical regulations, concerning how teams demonstrate their cars comply with the rules; article 27.1 of the sporting regulations, which governs ‘driver aids’; and appendix four of the sporting regulations, on teams requesting power unit changes to address reliability concerns.
Technical directives are commonly used to clarify areas of the regulations. However last weekend some teams were at odds over whether they could be used to enforce the rules.
“TDs aren’t really the law,” said Racing Point CEO Otmar Szafnauer, “so I don’t know where that’s going.”
However Haas team principal Guenther Steiner is certain the directive is legally binding.
“For me that’s a law,” he said in response to a question from RaceFans. “We got caught out by a technical directive a few races ago [in Hungary] when we pitted on the formation lap.
“So I don’t think we can go up and down with that one. If somebody’s challenging for sure the FIA will have an answer. But for me a technical directive is a law.”
Both Haas cars were also disqualified from the 2018 Italian Grand Prix when the team was found to have violated a technical directive concerning floor dimensions.
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