Exclusive: How to run a Grand Prix
TG gains unprecedented access for a behind-the-scenes look at the FIA at work at the Brazil 2012 finale
Posted: 19 Feb 2013
"For example, I remember the controversy over the legality of Ferrari's barge board [in 1999]; the lawyers analysed every single word. They debated the meaning of the word ‘across', and whether it also meant up and down. [pause] What I learned from that business was that, to me, 10 is five plus five..."
Rule-bending, Bauer agrees, is more difficult these days, and he also acknowledges that F1 is to some degree self-policing (i.e. the pit lane isn't slow to grumble about a rival's suspicious new technical ‘innovation'). In 2012, the devil is in the detail to such an infinitesimal degree that a couple of the teams were reprimanded for playing with their engines' torque map in such a way as to introduce an element of traction control. The advantage was only measurable in the hundredths of a second, but it was still an advantage, such is the competitiveness of contemporary F1.