FIA investigate AlphaTauri's aborted engine change | F1 News by PlanetF1

The stewards continue to be put through their paces in Turkey with an aborted engine change at AlphaTauri catching their attention.

After finishing bottom of the pile in Q2, AlphaTauri lodged a request to fit a brand new engine to Pierre Gasly’s car following the end of a bonkers qualifying session.

The obvious standard practice after the FIA accepted the request would be to go ahead and fit the new power unit to the car ahead of Sunday’s race.

However, on this occasion, AlphaTauri stripped the car down ready for a new engine to be fitted, but then completely aborted the operation.

This incident has not escaped the beady eye of Jo Bauer, the FIA’s technical delegate, and he has reported the matter to the stewards.

Enough playing around on the streets of Istanbul… It's Race Day in Turkey! 🤜🤛 Where will you be watching?#AlphaTauri #F1 #TurkishGP 🇹🇷 pic.twitter.com/IagWhq9Gt6

— Scuderia AlphaTauri (@AlphaTauriF1) November 15, 2020

A statement from Bauer read: ‘Yesterday the Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda team requested to change all PU elements on car number 10 for new ones.

‘This request was approved at 18:55 on 14 September 2020, following a written request from the team concerned, this being in accordance with Article 34.2 of the 2020 Formula One Sporting Regulations.

‘The team started to take the car apart and the car was on high stands over night due to the work already carried out (gearbox removed, ICE removed, radiators removed etc.). This morning the team has withdrawn the request which allows an assumption that the change was requested for strategic reasons and not for physical ones.

‘More importantly the car was already disassembled to a stage where it is impossible for the scrutineers and the other supervision means in place to guarantee that no modification to the car has been carried to any component by disassembling and refitting the original items.

‘For the above mentioned reasons I am referring this matter to the stewards for their consideration.’

If found in breach of the regulations, Gasly could be forced to start the Turkish Grand Prix from the pit lane.

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