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Mercedes complaining at FIA about Ferraris wind tunnel usage

Mercedes complaining at FIA about Ferraris wind tunnel usage

Mercedes complaining at FIA stewards at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix asking for explanation about wind tunnel use rules, in the wake of ongoing worries about Ferrari’s association with new entrant Haas F1 team.

Mercedes representatives met FIA stewards on Saturday before qualifying at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and a statement from stewards said they would “endeavour to hand down their decision on the specific matters prior to the start of the race on Sunday.”

The authorized documents provided to the media made no direct claim of offence against any team, but the dispute is believed to relate to the close relationship between Ferrari and the U.S.-based Haas team which will enter F1 next season.

Wind-tunnel usage is restricted to current competitors under F1 rules, and there are concerns that Haas’ unrestricted usage of Ferrari’s wind tunnel could provide beneficial data for the Italian team.

“It is just a clarficiation and is not aimed at any team,” Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff told Motorsport.com.

“We have been seeking some answers which were not given in complete clarity from the FIA before, and I think this is for everyone to know what the situation is.”

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