Mike Stevens | Jun 24, 2010

F1 drivers must follow even the rules of the road, the FIA declared on Wednesday.

In the wake of Lewis Hamilton's arrest and summons for dangerous driving in his hire car whilst in Melbourne earlier this year, Jean Todt suggested drivers might in future be penalised by the governing body for such offenses.

"We are ... trying to see whether to do something, and how," the FIA president recently told a French newspaper.

After a meeting of the World Motor Sport Council in Geneva, the first step in Todt's new plan was unveiled.

"Competitors ... must act as ambassadors for the sport, be aware their conduct on the road must be exemplary and respect road safety rules," a media statement read.

The FIA also said changes to the international sporting code are possible to ensure the Paris body's "overall objectives and, in particular, its commitment to road safety, are upheld".

(GMM)

 

McLaren Confirms New Exhaust To Debut In Britain

McLaren on Wednesday confirmed reports a Red Bull-style exhaust layout will debut on the MP4-25 at Silverstone.

Several teams are embarking upon a similar approach, with designers working to install low-mounted exhausts that allow air to flow more efficiently into the double diffuser.

The benefit, with also the fast-moving exhaust fumes channelled through the diffuser, is believed to be up to half a second per lap.

"We'll be doing trials at an aerodynamic test before Silverstone and hope to have it working on the practice sessions and race it on the Sunday," engineering director Paddy Lowe told reporters during a teleconference.

He admitted that the biggest challenge is equipping the suspension and bodywork to withstand being "blasted" by hot engine fumes, and rued that Ferrari has managed to have its version ready for this weekend's Valencia race.

"That is a concern," answered Lowe when told Ferrari's step forward could be half a second per lap.

"We'll have to see how they get on with it. It's a shame that some others have been slightly quicker than we were getting it, but we are where we are," he added.

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