The Mercedes team has been summoned to the FIA Stewards’ panel following the opening practice session of the British Grand Prix for attempting to obscure parts of Nico Rosberg’s car while it was being returned to the Silverstone pits.
The German was sidelined by an hydraulics problem early in the session, but subsequently finished fastest overall when he was able to return to the track following repairs by his mechanics.
But it’s the actions of the team’s mechanics while his car was being transported back to the pit lane that has caught the attention of the FIA’s technical delegate Jo Bauer (pictured), who reported the team to the stewards for violating Article 27.4 of the FIA Formula 1 Sporting Regulations.
“During the entire Event, no screen, cover or other obstruction which in any way obscures any part of a car will be allowed at any time in the paddock, garages, pit lane or grid, unless it is clear any such covers are needed solely for mechanical reasons, which could, for example, include protecting against fire.” – Article 27.4 of the FIA Formula 1 Sporting Regulations
“During P1 at 10:28 members of the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team covered the underside, rear diffuser area and the front wing of car number 06 when it was brought back to the paddock after it stopped on the circuit due to a mechanical problem,” Bauer’s statement to the FIA reads.
“As the car hasn’t suffered any kind of accident damage this in my opinion is a breach of Article 27.4 of the 2015 Formula One Sporting Regulations and I am referring this matter to the stewards for their consideration.”
The hearing is set to take place at 1:00pm local time (GMT +1).
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