Charlie is using the article 3.15 in his reasoning against this, this being the same regulation that they used last year as a basis to increase the load tests on the bib and front wing, and also to get rid of the f-duct, so to suggest that this ruling is a witchhunt against one team is pure speculation.
3.15 Aerodynamic influence :
With the exception of the cover described in Article 6.5.2 (when used in the pit lane), the driver adjustable
bodywork described in Article 3.18 and the ducts described in Article 11.4, any specific part of the car
influencing its aerodynamic performance :
- must comply with the rules relating to bodywork ;
- must be rigidly secured to the entirely sprung part of the car (rigidly secured means not having any
degree of freedom) ;
- must remain immobile in relation to the sprung part of the car.
Any device or construction that is designed to bridge the gap between the sprung part of the car and the
ground is prohibited under all circumstances.
No part having an aerodynamic influence and no part of the bodywork, with the exception of the skid block
in 3.13 above, may under any circumstances be located below the reference plane.
In this instance it seems that the exhaust gases, ECU programming, and indeed the drivers right foot, are the items that break this rule, all being moving or variable parts that influence the aerodynamic performance of the car outside acceptable perimeters (such as the throttle pedal making the car go faster, thus increasing DF through speed).
Edited by DanardiF1, 21 June 2011 - 11:07.