Connect with us

2015 F1

Williams: FIA tyre measurement was wrong

Published

on

Williams appeals Massa Brazilian GP disqualification

Williams appeals Massa Brazilian GP disqualification

Williams is appealing Felipe Massa’s disqualification from the Brazilian grand prix.

The stewards stripped the Brazilian of his eighth place finish because a tyre had been measured by the FIA on the grid to be 137 degrees — a massive 27 degrees higher than Pirelli’s now-mandatory guidelines.

Williams engineering chief Rob Smedley, however, is not impressed and said the outfit is confused as to why the FIA’s infra-red gun reading showed the tyre to be at 137 degrees, because its own data suggested the tyre was at 107.

“We have two different sensors,” he said, “and our measurement on the grid was 104 degrees. The other on the telemetry was 105.7.

“The sensors are independent and both confirm that we were well within the rules,” Smedley said. “Unfortunately they only accept their measurement and not ours.”

“And in addition to that, we have also bought exactly the same [IR] sensor that the FIA uses and we do random checks throughout the weekend to ensure it doesn’t happen.

“For us it is critical that we understand where this problem came from, but we have three independent measures and none of them give anything like the FIA measurement on the grid.”

When the media asked why, if the team’s own data showed the tyre to be within the boundary, the race stewards reading was so far out, he said: “No idea. That is why we have served notice of appeal.

“There was no explanation whatsoever. They explained to us that this is reference measurement because it is the FIA measurement and so this is the one that counts. The other three that we have are of less consequence.”

Loading...

Comments

Latest Results

Latest F1 News

2019 F15 hours ago

No more futuristic look for 2021 cars

F1 teams are apparently worried about the look of the proposed cars for 2021. Earlier, fans were generally happy with...

2019 F15 hours ago

F1 may become bookkeeping championship – Marko

Dr Helmut Marko says F1 risks becoming a “bookkeeping world championship”. While confirmation of the 2021 rules has been delayed...

2019 F16 hours ago

Alonso eyes winning car for 2020 F1 return

Fernando Alonso has admitted he could return to Formula 1 in 2020. The new back-to-back Le Mans winner will not...

2019 F11 day ago

Kubica not ruling out Williams exit

Robert Kubica is not ruling out a change of teams in Formula 1. The Pole has hinted that Williams is...

2019 F11 day ago

Pirelli CEO admits wanting Ferrari race wins

The CEO of Pirelli has hit back at suggestions the F1 tyre supplier is favouring Mercedes. Red Bull’s Dr Helmut...

2019 F11 day ago

Carey defends October delay for 2021 rules

Chase Carey has defended the decision to postpone the announcement of the rules for 2021. Some see the October delay...

2019 F11 day ago

Ferrari asks FIA for Vettel penalty review

Ferrari is pushing ahead with its request for a “review” of the penalty that cost Sebastian Vettel victory in Canada....

2019 F12 days ago

Vettel even stronger after Canada GP – Binotto

Mattia Binotto says Sebastian Vettel will “emerge even stronger” from the Canada GP penalty controversy. Last week, Ferrari dropped its...

2019 F12 days ago

Marko rules out MotoGP test for Verstappen

Dr Helmut Marko has ruled out a MotoGP test for Max Verstappen. Marko said recently that MotoGP supremo Carmelo Ezpeleta...

2019 F12 days ago

Ferrari concept change will take weeks

Mattia Binotto says it will take Ferrari “two or three upgrades” before the Italian team can take on Mercedes at...

Most Popular

ThisisF1.com is not affiliated with Formula 1, Formula One Management, Formula One Administration, Formula One Licensing BV, Formula One World Championship Ltd or any other organization or entity associated with the official Formula One governing organizations or their shareholders. Copyrighted material used under Fair Use/Fair Comment.

References
We could use the following leading F1 news sources for stories: SkyF1, BBC F1, Autosport, ESPN F1, FIA Media Center, MotorSport, JamesAllen and others leading authors blog.

All Rights Reserved © 2017 Prime Sport Media