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SBD Global/February 21, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies

F1 Teams Williams, Caterham Receive Warnings From FIA About Illegal Exhaust Design

The first row of the new F1 season "did not take long coming," according to Kevin Eason of the LONDON TIMES. The covers "had only just been pulled" from the Williams FW35 car -- the last of the new cars to be unveiled for the '13 season -- when "it was promptly declared illegal" by motorsports governing body FIA. Caterham followed with a warning that it, too, was "breaking the rules as teams lined up at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya for the first day of the second official preseason test." Teams almost "expect a run-in of some kind with the FIA in these weeks of the phoney war before the first grand prix of the year as their highly-paid engineers seek ways to exploit the rules to the limits and beyond." Both teams "were in trouble for the design of their new exhaust systems." Williams issued a statement: "The team spoke with the FIA [Tuesday] morning, which is when they gave us their view. The team are now seeking further clarification on this and a decision as to whether this design will be carried forward will be made before the first race." Caterham’s statement added: "We are continuing to evaluate a range of options at the preseason tests as per our normal program" (LONDON TIMES, 2/19).
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