Ferrari and Renault under scrutiny
More pressingly, along with future F1 rules, technical controversies are swirling about two teams in the here and now.
Long-running doubts about Ferrari’s oil cooler, basically doing more than it should, have resurfaced, with rival teams not for the first time querying the set-up with the FIA. More seriously, Racing Point has taken a complaint against Renault several steps further and issued a detailed protest against the French manufacturer’s alleged automatic brake bias adjustment system.
It amounts to a driver aid, which are banned in F1 within its sporting code. Will we have a ruling this weekend? If so, and if it goes against Renault, it would be tantamount to a judgement that the team has been cheating. That would be embarrassing, and given the state of its competitiveness in F1, could tip the manufacturer into extreme measures on its F1 future. It could be a potentially disastrous not just for Renault, but F1 as a whole at a time of great uncertainty.