Red Bull is understood to have raised a query with the FIA concerning the operation of Mercedes’ power unit.
Red Bull is believed to have been alerted to the approach after noticing spikes in their rivals’ acceleration during races. Teams frequently ask the FIA to clarify certain design approaches, particularly to ascertain whether rivals’ interpretations of the rules are legitimate, in order to either replicate them or seek to have them outlawed.
However Red Bull team principal Christian Horner would not be drawn on the focus of his team’s enquiry regarding Mercedes. “As is the nature with all technical clarifications, they go continually between all the teams,” he said. “And those clarifications are usually to ascertain if something is, in the eyes of the governing body, acceptable as a solution. And then, of course, if it is, you follow suit.
“We’ve had numerous of those this year with our car and I think it’s something not unique to Red Bull and this topic certainly isn’t unique to Red Bull. Obviously that dialogue between the engineers within their forums as well, within the technical working groups is an ongoing process. So I’m sure it doesn’t come as any great surprise.
His opposite number at Mercedes, Toto Wolff, confirmed the matter had arisen recently, though the team has used the same power unit design since the season began.
“I heard the first time about it a couple of days ago,” he said. “I would wish we have some kind of special solution but it’s the modus operandi in Formula 1, business as usual. Queries are being taken to the FIA. Questions are being asked and that’s completely normal.”
However speaking in a separate interview for Sky, Wolff added: “We love the fact that they are spending time on these things and researching.
“We welcome very much any initiative they wish to do and look at it. If that is a distraction for any other team, that’s good.”
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