#F1 Forensics: Pre-Race Discovery #ChinaGP

Brought to you by TheJudge13 contributor Mattpt55

-the best in Scrutineering, Stewards’ Decisions, and other assorted FIA documents looked at slightly irreverently

 There’s the race we see on telly, and then there’s the race behind the scenes. One rarely talked about by reporters but told in part by the official FIA documents. Here is a selection of this weekend’s documents for you to peruse at your leisure. Enjoy.

Wonder where all this great stuff came from? Right Here

From the Who’s Been Doing What to Whom Dept

UpdatedEVenT Updatedevent2 UpdatedEvent3


Seriously? Security Personnel *and* CCTV? What the heck has been going on at that weighbridge?


From the We Read It So You Didn’t Have To Special ICA Edition


Want to read it yourself?  It’s Right Here


ICAFFMIssues ICAEvent ICACorrection


Ahhh.. so that’s what happened. So when it’s wrong it understates fuel flow? Interesting.




So then even though they may not be legally regulations, practically speaking they are. Makes sense.Still, RB did have a bit of a point.




So aside from some sketchy graphs, RB had no evidence at all that the sensor was faulty? Oh, dear. And there’s a regulation stating you can’t use software inspection to insure compliance? Wow, they did not think this one through very clearly did they.




Hmmm… So they also tried to use data from the practice session and they argued that it should apply during the race. No wonder they failed to convince the court. RB sound lucky that all they got was some mildly negative PR and a bill. 🙂



From the Can We Talk About Something Else Now Dept.




So Fred and Stefano take skiing holidays together that’s ….interesting……



From the what about Senna Dept.




Nothing cheeky here, just a moment to reflect on the fact that life is fleeting and you never really know what impact you will have on someone else’s life.



From the Can We Talk about Engines, excuse me, PU’s Now Dept.




That will be one giant, and rather impressive, leap then. Tell me more Honda




So I guess the new regs are working the way they were intended to. How much better can it get?




Wow, that would be astonishing development. Better than any road car is also pretty good. As is 40%. Guess the engine guys like this pretty much. But can Honda give us a clue where they’re headed?




Well yes, I guess they can. One more question though…




So physics is the answer then. Well, that settles another raging argument in the comment section. 🙂



From the Sat on the Naughty Step Dept.




I see no one doubts the accuracy of the FIA radar gun then.



From the Let’s Count all the New Toys Dept.




Holy cow that’s a lot of new things. anything else?  NewGearBox


Silly Me for asking.


From the Call the Dentist, That’s a Lot of Teeth Dept. 




They should *really* start flossing

3 responses to “#F1 Forensics: Pre-Race Discovery #ChinaGP

  1. I loved all your headings Matt – somehow you even manage to make technical documents sound amusing:)

  2. I said it before, and I’ll say it again: this is gold.

    As for the name change, I understand why you wanted to switch for “Pre-Race Discovery”, but I’m not convinced that this is better or more intuitive than “Document Dump”. What about “Sifting Through the Documents”?

    • I was going for the legal angle. Discovery is the process that enters facts into evidence for a Court to consider. And Thanks, I hope people are getting the info prerace. I’m mainly frustrated by the difficulty of getting parc ferme documents. They’re published an hour before the race but the FIA never puts them up till later.

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