Ferrari given all-clear after FIA wind tunnel inspection

Ferrari has been given the all-clear by the FIA following a detailed inspection of its wind tunnel facilities after the Spanish Grand Prix to ensure it was complying with Formula 1's rules, Motorsport.com has learned.

Ferrari given all-clear after FIA wind tunnel inspection
Kimi Raikkonen, Scuderia Ferrari
Ferrari wind tunnel
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF15-T
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF15-T
Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari SF15-T
Guenther Steiner, Haas F1 Team Principal with Claudio Albertini, Ferrari Head of Customer Teams Power Unit Operations.
Esteban Gutierrez and Gene Haas and Joe Custer, Stewart Haas Racing Vice President and Gunther Steiner
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF15-T
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF15-T

The scale of the car upgrade that the Maranello team was able to deliver at Barcelona, despite new wind tunnel and CFD restrictions, prompted suggestions from other teams that the outfit could be exploiting the regulations.

One theory was that Ferrari was making use of extra wind tunnel time through its technical partnership with Haas, and there may even have been sharing of knowledge, personnel or parts.

With Ferrari's rivals making clear their frustrations to the FIA, Motorsport.com has learned that the governing body dispatched one of its senior technical inspectors to Maranello to investigate.

FIA visits Ferrari

The FIA's F1 Technical and Sporting Co-ordinator Marcin Budkowski, who was the former chief aerodynamicist of McLaren and used to work at Ferrari, was sent to Maranello to look closely at the Ferrari wind tunnel programme.

But after a detailed look, he was satisfied that Ferrari was operating within the rules and that its relationship with Haas was fully above board.

An FIA spokesman confirmed to Motorsport.com that the governing body had looked into how the relationship was working between Ferrari and Haas and has no cause for alarm.

"There is a unique arrangement between Ferrari and Haas, and we felt it necessary to check that things were being operated as agreed," he said.

"This was done in considerable detail during the week after the Spanish Grand Prix, and everything was satisfactory."

Ferrari and Haas separate

Although Ferrari and Haas are embarking on a close technical partnership for 2016, both teams are ensuring that they operate within the regulations.

Haas has been clear from the start that it will use as many technical parts as it can from Ferrari but will ensure it owns the IP for the parts it has to design itself.

A Ferrari spokesman confirmed that Haas was using the Maranello wind tunnel as part of its partnership, but rubbished talk that there was any sharing of knowledge, parts or staff.

"Ferrari has an agreement with Haas to provide it with a power unit and we also have a technical partnership," he told Motorsport.com

"As is allowed under the existing regulations, we are allowing them to use the wind tunnel in Maranello. But we do not have a shared wind tunnel programme.

"In aerodynamic terms we are two completely separate entities. The use of the wind tunnel is separate; there are separate models and parts. And also personnel are completely different. We do not share staff."

He added: "We were visited by Mr. Budkowski on behalf of the FIA. They have confirmed that everything is in order and we are well within the regulations."

shares
comments
Mexico: No complacency despite sell-out F1 return
Previous article

Mexico: No complacency despite sell-out F1 return

Next article

F1 teams must be sidelined from rules input, says Berger

F1 teams must be sidelined from rules input, says Berger
Load comments
The Schumacher trait that will give Haas hope in F1 2022 Prime

The Schumacher trait that will give Haas hope in F1 2022

Mick Schumacher’s knack of improving during his second season in a championship was a trademark of his junior formula career, so his progress during his rookie Formula 1 campaign with Haas was encouraging. His target now will be to turn that improvement into results as the team hopes to reap the rewards of sacrificing development in 2021

The “glorified taxi” driver central to F1’s continued safety push Prime

The “glorified taxi” driver central to F1’s continued safety push

As the driver of Formula 1’s medical car, Alan van der Merwe’s job is to wait – and hope his skills aren’t needed. James Newbold hears from F1’s lesser-known stalwart.

Formula 1
Jan 15, 2022
When BMW added F1 'rocket fuel' to ignite Brabham's 1983 title push Prime

When BMW added F1 'rocket fuel' to ignite Brabham's 1983 title push

There was an ace up the sleeve during the 1983 F1 title-winning season of Nelson Piquet and Brabham. It made a frontrunning car invincible for the last three races to see off Renault's Alain Prost and secure the combination's second world title in three years

Formula 1
Jan 13, 2022
How “abysmal” reliability blunted Brabham’s first winner Prime

How “abysmal” reliability blunted Brabham’s first winner

Brabham’s first world championship race-winning car was held back by unreliable Climax engines – or so its creators believed, as STUART CODLING explains

Formula 1
Jan 10, 2022
The steps Norris took to reach a new level in the 2021 F1 season Prime

The steps Norris took to reach a new level in the 2021 F1 season

Lando Norris came of age as a grand prix driver in 2021. McLaren’s young ace is no longer an apprentice or a quietly capable number two – he’s proved himself a potential winner in the top flight and, as Stuart Codling finds out, he’s ready to stake his claim to greatness…

Formula 1
Jan 9, 2022
How Fangio set the bar for Schumacher and Hamilton in F1 Prime

How Fangio set the bar for Schumacher and Hamilton in F1

Juan Manuel Fangio, peerless on track and charming off it, established the gold standard of grand prix greatness. Nigel Roebuck recalls a remarkable champion.

Formula 1
Jan 8, 2022
How Russell sees his place in the Mercedes-Hamilton F1 superteam Prime

How Russell sees his place in the Mercedes-Hamilton F1 superteam

George Russell joining Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes this year gives it arguably the best line-up in Formula 1 – if it can avoid too many fireworks. After serving his apprenticeship at Williams, Russell is the man that Mercedes team believes can lead it in the post-Hamilton era, but how will he fare against the seven-time champion? Motorsport.com heard from the man himself

Formula 1
Jan 6, 2022
How F1 pulled off its second pandemic season and its 2022 implications Prime

How F1 pulled off its second pandemic season and its 2022 implications

OPINION: The Formula 1 season just gone was the second to be completed under the dreaded shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic, but in many ways it was much more ‘normal’ than 2020. Here’s the story of how the championship’s various organisers delivered a second challenging campaign, which offers a glimpse at what may be different next time around

Formula 1
Jan 5, 2022