Whitmarsh applauds regulation changes

Date published: June 23 2011

Martin Whitmarsh is hoping the FIA’s decision to ban the changing of engine mapping in parc ferme will give his team a boost at Valencia…

Martin Whitmarsh is hoping the FIA’s decision to ban the changing of engine mapping in parc ferme will give his team a boost in this weekend’s European GP.

As of this weekend race in Valencia, teams are no longer permitted to change engine mapping after qualifying and ahead of the grand prix.

This new ban is expected to have a major impact on Red Bull who are believed to use extreme engine mapping during qualifying before returning to a safer mode for the grand prix.

And if that proves to be true, Red Bull’s fantastic form this season could come to an end, paving the way for their rivals to come to the fore.

“There are some changes this weekend in that the FIA will enforce a strict parc ferme regulation, which will mean that the car as qualified will be the one that races,” Whitmarsh said during Thursday’s Vodafone phone-in.

“Based on what I have just told you we should be hopeful on that. But I think we have got to assume that everyone has been working hard.

“I think we have got a few developments that we are going to bring to the race. We have got two very motivated drivers and we will do our best to win there. We’ve won at most circuits obviously, it would be nice to win at Valencia.”

The team boss also spoke of the decision to delay the introduction of ‘greener’ 1.6 litre four-cylinder turbo engines until 2014.

“I’m happy that we have agreement between the manufacturers,” he said. “They have all agreed and endorsed this, which is extremely positive, the teams have agreed it and it was agreed overwhelmingly within the F1 Commission yesterday, so I think that’s positive because, clearly, there’s been a range of different opinions expressed and felt so to achieve a consensus amongst all the parties, I think, was very positive.”