FIA: Camber limit mandatory

Sat, 10 Sep 10:11:00 2011

Formula 1 teams will be forced to stick to Pirelli's camber limit for the Italian Grand Prix after the FIA intervened in the matter on Saturday morning.

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Following talks with Pirelli on Friday evening to discuss the camber issue, on the back of the Red Bull Racing tyre saga in Belgium, it has been decided that the camber of all cars will now be measured after qualifying.

A statement issued by the FIA ahead of final free practice at Monza said: "Further to the discussion in the team managers meeting on Thursday I can confirm that we will be checking camber settings after qualifying in order to ensure that the recommendations made by Pirelli are adhered to.

"Any car found to be outside of these recommendations will be reported to the stewards as being in breach of Article 2.3 of the F1 Technical Regulations (Dangerous Construction).

"In order to assist with the procedure, and for use as a reference should you wish to disassemble any suspension components during parc ferme, we ask that you provide Jo Bauer with a qualifying set-up sheet in a sealed envelope prior to the start of qualifying practice."

Article 2.3 of the F1 Technical Regulations states that cars can be thrown out of an event if the stewards deem that they are not safe.

It reads: "The stewards of the meeting may exclude a vehicle whose construction is deemed to be dangerous."

Pirelli issued a more conservative 3.25-degree front camber limit for Monza, after finding out that blistering issues in Belgium were caused by Red Bull Racing going beyond a 4-degree camber limit imposed at Spa.

Director of motorsport Paul Hembery had said after Friday practice at Monza that the 3.25-degree limit had worked well to prevent any dramas, which is why he wanted that limit to be stuck to for the remainder of the weekend.

"I would be surprised if on long runs you would not find some evidence of blistering," said Hembery. "It was quite varied. Some people were struggling more than others; some people did not get any at all, so we have a full spectrum of things.

"But there was nothing that we have not seen in a number of other events, nothing that we would call a dramatic concern. The medium tyre was performing very well and this morning we had a number of cars doing 24 laps, and this afternoon we had people doing 15 laps on the softer tyre as well. That is a little bit more than we expected.

"We tend to be here rear tyre limited in terms of consumption so the front tyre is having an easier time than maybe it would have done at Spa."

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