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Ferrari fined for inaccurate fuel declaration

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01/12/2019

Amidst fears that Charles Leclerc might be disqualified from today's race after the FIA's technical delegate, Jo Bauer, said there was a significant difference between the declaration of the team and the amount of fuel inside the car as it left the pitlane, the Monegasque has retained his position though the team has been fined €50,000.

The Stewards heard from a team representative, the FIA Technical Delegate and the FIA Head of Single Seater Technical Matters as they investigated a potential breach of Article 12.1.1.i of the International Sporting Code.

Technical directive TD/014-19 requires teams to declare the amount of fuel that they intended to put in the car for the laps to the grid, the formation lap, the race, the in-lap and any fire-ups that would be needed.

The technical delegate was able to confirm the fuel mass put in the tank by checking in accordance with the procedure specified in TD/014-19.

There was a difference of 4.88kgs between the team's declaration the car 16 and the technical delegate's measured fuel mass.

The team's declaration was therefore inaccurate and constituted a breach of the technical directive, which in turn constitutes an infringement of Article 12.1.1.i of the International Sporting Code.

Accordingly, the stewards determined that the team should be fined €50,000 for its inaccurate declaration.

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1. Posted by Pavlo, 03/12/2019 11:24

"To all haters of Ferrari - could you please read the article before you disagree?
"The technical delegate was able to confirm the fuel mass put in the tank ..." - so the amount of fuel in the car was 100% within the rules (!), otherwise they would really be disqualified. But as the mistake was only on the paper, 50k is more than enough for making the work of technical delegate just a bit more complicated."

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2. Posted by Bertieg, 02/12/2019 1:56

"on the human competitiveness I can only see some favoritism and wonder how discouraging this would be taken by the other driver. Vettel seems discouraged, maybe knowing of this and resigned that his fighting spirit & expertise will make no difference. In the long run, discouraging behaviour as this may cost Ferrari points, the best drivers and possibly lost sponsors and eventually sales. And they will deserve it. "

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3. Posted by Lakota, 01/12/2019 20:27

"Give them as much fuel as they want. Let them use as much as they want no one watching in the stands or at home care if they use 50 gallons or 500 gallons . Your making the simple art of racing to complicated "

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4. Posted by Wokingchap, 01/12/2019 19:50

"@Klmn and Stitch431....totally agree with you both, and they have got to 2nd in the constructors championship through unpunished cheating."

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5. Posted by klmn, 01/12/2019 19:03

"So they stole all the GP wins in 2019 , what a shame . They should be punished hard otherwise they never learn.
Better kick them out of F1 . Who needs Ferrari . They make F1 a laughing stock."

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6. Posted by Stitch431, 01/12/2019 18:46

"SO that is the reason why in some races they "had a little extra". They had a little fuel extra to burn. 4,5 kg makes a difference. Ridiculous penalty as 50.000 EUR is near to nothing for Ferrari. They should have been stripped of their points here today, but the FIA should also look into their data of Monza and Spa, as this is something one can determine in hindsight. One big scam and the FIArrari does not look good in this case."

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