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GP Monaco 2018: FIA checks Ferrari's battery correction

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D he battery dispute over Ferrari is going into its next round. After investigations by the FIA ​​had apparently shown that Ferrari's energy management was not beyond any doubt, Ferrari had to present the technical inspectors in Monte Carlo with new software for energy management that generally excludes misuse.

This is the first Training day for the Monaco GP happened. Now the world association has to check whether the technology used by Ferrari and now modified cannot actually do anything forbidden.

Ferrari is the only team to split its energy storage system in two. Therefore two exits. This is initially not a criminal offense, as long as no more than four megajoules of energy per lap and 120 kilowatts of power (163 hp) are fed into the system. This is measured with a sensor homologated by the FIA ​​at the output of the battery. After a tip from Mercedes, the FIA ​​showed performance diagrams in Baku and Barcelona and checked the battery. The point was that, under certain conditions, the sensor can be bypassed in such a way that it does not measure excess power.

The competition claims that they saw a sudden increase in performance at Ferrari in Baku in the qualifying rounds via GPS measurements 20 hp wants to have determined what should have brought three tenths of the lap time. In Barcelona, ​​however, Ferrari would not have mobilized any extra power on the straights. But everyone in the circus had already been warned. The first battery checks were already carried out in Baku.

The protest period for old races expired

The suspicion quickly turned to the battery and a clever energy management system that is supposed to deliver more power in phases without that the sensor measures it. In fact, it is irrelevant whether the participant did something illegal. A technology is already illegal if it is possible to do something forbidden with it. The burden of proof to rule this out rests solely with the team and not with the FIA.

So far it is still not entirely clear whether Ferrari's battery was theoretically able to feed in more than the permitted power. However, there appear to be legitimate doubts. Regardless of whether it was used or not. We hear from both the teams and the world association that it is extremely difficult to prove. FIA experts are still brooding over diagrams from Baku andBarcelona.

So Ferrari had to react to rule out these doubts. Since we can assume that the Reds are now on a safe track, a protest would be pretty pointless. It would probably prove that everything is legal.

There is no longer any protest against what happened in the past, even if the FIA ​​cannot dispel its doubts about the old system. The deadline has long expired. There are only two options left to reopen the case. Either FIA President Jean Todt instructs the FIA's International Court of Appeal to investigate the case. Or a competitor asks Todt to do so.

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