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Red Bull Cleared By Stewards Despite Engine Mapping Loophole

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Stewards at the German Grand Prix have cleared Red Bull Racing of infringement of article 5.5.3 of the technical regulations and will be taking no further action.

Despite the stewards admitting they did not accept all arguments from Christian Horner and his team regarding the matter the chose not to punish the defending champions due to the way the rule is written.

The statement from the stewards reads:

“The stewards received a report from the FIA technical delegate, along with specific ECU data from Red Bull Racing cars #1 and #2. The Stewards met with the team representatives and the representative of the engine supplier Renault.

“While the stewards do not accept all the arguments of the team, they however conclude that as the regulation is written, the map presented does not breach the text of Art 5.5.3 of the Formula 1 Technical Regulations and therefore decided to take no action.”

It is expected the FIA will be looking at the rule after the event to clarify the situation and close any potential loophole exploitation in the future.

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