Whiting defends FIA jump start system

Jul.11 (GMM) Charlie Whiting says there is nothing wrong with F1’s jump start system.

Video evidence showed Valtteri Bottas’ front wheels were moving before the five lights went out in Austria, and Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo were convinced that the Mercedes driver indeed jumped the start.

But F1 steward Mika Salo said there is some tolerance in the system, explaining to the Finnish press that the decision to not penalise Bottas was based solely on “the data”.

“If it had been a jump start, the sensor would have gone off. But it did not, so it’s pointless to discuss it,” said Mercedes team chairman Niki Lauda.

F1 race director Charlie Whiting also defended the FIA’s system.

“We have been using it for 20 years and it has not failed a single time in either direction,” he told Auto Motor und Sport.

Related News

  • 02/07/2016 FIA did Halo extraction test in Austria Jul.2 (GMM) Despite some early fanfare in Austria, problems on Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari meant the titanium 'Halo 2' did not make its practice debut on Friday. But the FIA has been […]
  • 09/07/2017 Hamilton-Vettel ‘aggression’ to increase – Lauda Jul.9 (GMM) Niki Lauda has warned that tensions between F1's two championship protagonists look set to heat up rather than cool down. After Baku, Lewis Hamilton made clear he thought […]
  • 01/11/2016 Vettel ‘excused himself’ to Whiting – Arrivabene Nov.1 (GMM) Sebastian Vettel apologised to Charlie Whiting after twice telling the high-ranking F1 official to "f--- off" during Sunday's Mexican GP. The quadruple world champion even […]
  • 15/10/2015 Ferrari backs Raikkonen after crash criticism Oct.15 (GMM) Ferrari has leapt to the defence of Kimi Raikkonen, amid rising criticism of the Finn's driving in Russia. The 2007 world champion was penalised by the stewards for ending […]
  • 29/04/2016 FIA confirms ‘Aeroscreen’ under consideration Apr.29 (GMM) The FIA has now confirmed that Red Bull's 'Aeroscreen' concept is in the running to be introduced in formula one. Daniel Ricciardo tested the windshield-style driver cockpit […]
  • 27/03/2017 FIA to investigate Melbourne spectator invasion Mar.27 (GMM) Officials are investigating the invasion of the Albert Park circuit by spectators while F1 cars were still completing their post-race in-laps on Sunday. Winner Sebastian […]
  • 25/05/2016 Just 2 engines per driver by 2019 – report May 25 (GMM) F1's long-life engine rules will get more than twice as arduous for manufacturers beyond 2019. A few weeks ago, after a long period of negotiations, changes to further […]
  • 02/03/2017 FIA to check for ‘illegal’ suspension in Barcelona Mar.2 (GMM) The FIA is poised to start checking the legality of controversial suspension systems fitted to some 2017 cars. Earlier, as Ferrari in particular presses a case against the […]
  • 22/10/2016 Rivals want new rule amid Verstappen controversy Oct.22 (GMM) Max Verstappen found himself the hot topic of conversation yet again, this time behind closed doors during a lengthy drivers' briefing in Austin. The latest controversy […]
  • 24/03/2016 Hamilton returns fire after Charlie Whiting criticism Mar.24 (GMM) Lewis Hamilton has hit back at Charlie Whiting for singling him out over the course of the Australian grand prix weekend. Following the world champion's claim that drivers […]