As if McLaren hasn't got enough problems at the moment anyway the team has now been fined $50,000 by FIA stewards at the Italian GP for running a revised gearbox in Hungary that had not passed the required crash tests. Although the crash structure...
As if McLaren hasn't got enough problems at the moment anyway the team has now been fined $50,000 by FIA stewards at the Italian GP for running a revised gearbox in Hungary that had not passed the required crash tests. Although the crash structure already in place did not require altering the stewards decided McLaren had breached the technical regulations, as any "significant modification" needs to pass a further test.
McLaren said it had made no secret of using the lightweight gearbox in Hungary but reverted back to the previous one for Turkey when the FIA advised that the new gearbox would need further tests. It seems that the matter of racing with an untested gearbox did not become an issue until McLaren passed the crash test with it after Turkey.
The stewards at Monza agreed that the FIA technical delegate in Hungary had noted that the changes to the cars had been bought to his attention but his actions "did not constitute approval to the changes". McLaren did not believe the changes to the gearbox were significant enough to require re-testing but the stewards disagreed.
It was deemed that McLaren had initially not submitted enough information for the FIA to decide at the time if a further crash test was necessary. The stewards stated that as the gearbox had since passed the crash test it therefore met the technical requirements when it was raced in Hungary, but they did not condone "retrospective impact testing". No further sanction will be applied.