FIA press release on Benetton fuel rig

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE FEDERATION INTERNATIONALE DE L'AUTOMOBILE (FIA) Following a detailed investigation into the fire involving car No. 6 during a pit stop at the German Grand Prix, the refueling equipment manufacturer, Intertechnique, has...

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE FEDERATION INTERNATIONALE DE L'AUTOMOBILE (FIA)

Following a detailed investigation into the fire involving car No. 6 during a pit stop at the German Grand Prix, the refueling equipment manufacturer, Intertechnique, has reported to the FlA as follows:

1. The fuel spillage was caused by a valve failing to close properly,

2. The valve was slow to close due to the presence of a foreign body,

3. The foreign body is believed to have reached the valve because a filter designed to eliminate this risk had been deliberately removed.

A report has been submitted by the FIA Observer, Mr R. Causo, under Article 152 of the International Sporting Code and Benetton Formula Ltd. has been summoned to appear before the World Motor Sport Council on 19 October, 1994 to answer a charge that they are in breach of Article 6.5.1 of the FlA Formula One Technical Regulations.

Paris, 10 August 1994

--- Excerpt from FIA Technical regulations follows ---

ARTICLE 6: PIPING AND FUEL TANKS 5. Refuelling: 5.1. All refuelling during the race must be carried out using equipment supplied by the FIA. This equipment must not be modified in any way whatsoever.

--- End of excerpt from FIA Technical regulations ---

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