The FIA has announced that all cars will face "random deeper technical checks" throughout the season, the move coming in the wake of a number of recent controversies not least that involving Ferrari's power units in 2019.
"In order to complete deeper technical checks of the cars in the Championship, the Technical Delegate will routinely and randomly select one car at each Event following the race for deeper disassembly, conformity checks and checks of software and systems," read a bulletin issued by the Bahrain stewards this morning.
Additional checks may also be carried out on the Competitor's other car. This is in accordance with Art. 14.3 and 25.5 of the FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations.
These checks will be in addition to the routine checks carried out by the Technical Department of the FIA and reported at the conclusion of each Event. The Technical Delegate will publish his regular report, following which the Stewards will publish a "Final Classification" which in accordance with Art. 20 of the International Sporting Code (ISC) will be marked as being "Subject to ongoing routine technical checks".
Should any irregularity be subsequently discovered, the Technical Delegate will publish a report and the Stewards have ordered the Technical Delegate to take the appropriate steps to safeguard any evidence that may be discovered in these technical checks, including impounding and sealing relevant parts and information.
Should a Stewards' investigation be necessary, in accordance with Art. 11.9.3.t of the ISC which concerns decisions that must be taken after an Event, the Stewards may reconvene, or delegate their authority to a subsequent panel of Stewards, or to a panel assembled by the FIA for that purpose.
The Stewards emphasize that while this is a new procedure in this Championship, it is routinely carried out in other FIA World Championships and competitions.
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