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FIA clears legality of camera-blocking fan

  • Published on 18 Sep 2018 14:07
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

The FIA has cleared Ferrari to keep using an airbox fan that was seen in Singapore. The Italian team was previously told to stop using a cooling bag that covered the onboard camera in the pitlane.

It is believed that Ferrari was trying to block the view of their cockpit so teams can't look into the area and analyse the steering wheel. Following the Italian Grand Prix, Formula 1's governing body ordered Ferrari to stop using the bag.

The team obliged but arrived in Singapore with a new device. Questions were raised over it, but race director Charlie Whiting has confirmed that there is nothing illegal about the fan: "We looked and it and the view is not blocked. It would only be a problem if the view was blocked."

However, while the camera's view is not completely obscured by the 'cooling' solution, it is believed Ferrari has succeeded in blocking the view of the cockpit: "We'll take another look, but it's not our top priority," Whiting insisted.

Ferrari currently sits in second place in the constructor's standings and fell even further behind rivals Mercedes after the race in Singapore. It's 37 points behind the Silver Arrows as it hunts for its first world championship in ten years.

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  • "We'll take another look, but it's not our top priority"

    Of course not. It's Ferrari.

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    • Sep 18 2018 - 18:17
    • Is there anything about F1 besides Crashtappen that you do like? I have to say that it was refreshing to see young Max run a clean race for once. I think it's his first one this year.

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      • Sep 18 2018 - 21:13
    • I mean, I did offer him limited edition F1 Tinfoil hats (!!!) but he hasnt really seemed interested of those either! :/ What to do...

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      • Sep 19 2018 - 20:52

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