Mercedes has requested clarification of a number of technical rules from the FIA stewards in Abu Dhabi after flagging up possible ambiguities in the current regulations.
In a letter written by Mercedes technical chief Paddy Lowe to FIA race director Charlie Whiting last month, clarification is sought over restrictions on aerodynamic testing and wind tunnel usage in Formula 1.
Whiting responded to Lowe by saying: “I am unable to respond to your questionnaire, the questions of which do not fall within my remit but that of the competent bodies for binding interpretations (stewards)” and also refused the request for confidentiality.
Mercedes has therefore taken the matter to the stewards in Abu Dhabi, with a meeting planned after qualifying on Saturday. The stewards said that they will endeavor to deliver a decision ahead of Sunday’s race.
It is thought that Mercedes’ request for clarification relates to Ferrari’s relationship with the new Haas F1 Team that may have allowed the Italian marque to exploit existing loopholes in the regulations to aid the development of its own car.
Part of the document released by the FIA reads: “Mercedes considers there to be a number of existing ambiguities in Appendices 6 and 8 to the Regulations. It is possible that such ambiguity may be exploited by a team to give it a competitive advantage at any event, including at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2015, prior to the points being clarified by the stewards.”
It continues: “Resolution of the ambiguities is of the utmost importance to Mercedes as it is currently considering the possibility of collaborating with third parties on its testing programme, including the sharing of staff and knowledge, which it believes could be permitted under the current Regulations as drafted.
“It is understood by Mercedes that other Formula 1 teams may also be considering operating in a similar manner.”
The stewards will be able to offer a binding interpretation of the regulations to all teams racing in F1, and have invited all competitors to make their own submissions should they so wish.