It’s not unusual in Formula 1 for the FIA to check individual teams are operating their cars within the regulations. This weekend, Ferrari are under the microscope, with the governing body reportedly asking the Prancing Horse to run an extra piece of hardware that monitors their Energy Recovery System (ERS)…
Ferrari's energy store - one of six components that make up an F1 power unit (PU) - is based around a twin-battery architecture. And while there is no evidence that the Italian team are breaking the rules with the way they are running it, there has been speculation that rival teams think they may be able to boost energy flow to the powertrain beyond the 120kW limit mandated by the technical regulations.
This weekend, reports suggest the FIA will monitor the system in operation before analysing data and making any judgements.
Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner and his Mercedes counterpart Toto Wolff told reporters on Thursday in Monaco that they trusted the FIA to police the regulations effectively.
“We’re not an engine supplier, so maybe Toto can answer more on the engine specifics but there have obviously been some rumours that no doubt you guys are cottoning onto as well,” said Horner.