Several teams, including Ferrari, Mercedes and Toro Rosso, have been told by the FIA, to modify the camera mountings on the front of their new cars before scrutineering at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in less than two weeks’ time.
That was the claim on Monday of Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport, revealing that some teams’ solutions of the FOM camera mountings are illegal.
Designers have shaped the nose-positioned mandatory television camera mountings aerodynamically, but the FIA has ruled that they are longer than the allowed 15 centimetres and could constitute an aerodynamic aid as a result.
Scuderia Toro Rosso was the first to respond and already changed the brackets for the final Barcelona pre-season test, which concluded on Sunday. The Faenza based team abandoned the wing-like ‘ears’ and simply mounted the camera housing horizontally to the sides of the cars front.
But as the third and final test began in Barcelona and the Mercedes F1W06 hit the track on Thursday, it was clear the defending champions had found a loophole. They have mounted the cameras fully horizontally, as the FIA envisages, but they are attached to the chassis via a new, stylised bracket, with the cameras still being used for aerodynamic purposes (pictured above).
The camera is now high above the front of the chassis, where it disrupts the aerodynamics as little as possible, and according to Auto Motor und Sport, at least two teams have already complained that Mercedes’ new solution does not appear to comply with the wording of the 2015 technical regulations.
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