An amendment to the Australian Grand Prix results

Posted: March 27, 2011 in Formula 1
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SPOILER WARNING!  THIS IS A SPOILER WARNING!  THE FOLLOWING CHANGE AFFECTS THE POINTS-PAYING POSITIONS.  IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE RACE REVIEW BELOW, DO SO BEFORE READING THIS.  THANKS AWFULLY.

 

 

 

 

 


Article 3.10.1 of the technical regulations for Formula 1 cars reads as follows:

“Any bodywork more than 150mm behind the rear wheel centre line which is between 150mm and 730mm above the reference plane, and between 75mm and 355mm from the car centre line, must lie in an area when viewed from the side of the car that is situated between 150mm and 350mm behind the rear wheel centre line and between 300mm and 400mm above the reference plane. When viewed from the side of the car no longitudinal cross section may have more than one section in this area.  Furthermore, no part of this section in contact with the external air stream may have a local concave radius of curvature smaller than 100mm.

“Once this section is defined, ‘gurney’ type trim tabs may be fitted to the trailing edge. When measured in any longitudinal cross section no dimension of any such trim tab may exceed 20mm.”

Obviously, I understand this completely and have prepared an explanatory diagram, but my scanner doesn’t seem to be working, so instead I’ll tell you that Sauber’s rear wing doesn’t fit the above regulation and is therefore illegal, leading their cars to be disqualified from the Australian Grand Prix results.  It also fails to meet the terms of the always comprehensible Article 3.10.2:

“Other than the bodywork defined in Article 3.10.9, any bodywork behind a point lying 50mm forward of the rear wheel centre line which is more than 730mm above the reference plane, and less than 355mm from the car centre line, must lie in an area when viewed from the side of the car that is situated between the rear wheel centre line and a point 350mm behind it.”

It’s a good job these articles are written in layman’s terms, otherwise we’d have no chance.

The result is that Sergio Perez did not drive to 7th place earlier today.  Furthermore, while Kamui Kobayashi may have appeared to finish 8th, that too was an illusion.  Felipe Massa did in fact finish 7th, with Sebastien Buemi being promoted to 8th, Adrian Sutil claiming 9th and Paul di Resta winning a point for 10th on his Grand Prix debut.

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