On 4 Nov, 20:04, Bobster <megap...
> Well what if the rules say that if you change your car you must start
> from the pit lane? Then any team has the choice of giving up a grid
> spot for the chance to change their car and fit fresh tyres, for a
> price of starting from the pit lane (IE only setting off when
> everybody else has gone past you).
> There was also an argument to be made that there was potentially a
> technical problem with Vettel's car. RBR did not contest the penalty,
> but insisted that the problem was that there was enough fuel in the
> car but it could not be extracted. So they might argue that there was
> a legitimate concern about their fuel system and so they needed to
> strip the car.
> Ask your mate at McLaren.
Or check the sporting regs
34.5 If a competitor modifies any part on the car or makes changes to
the set‐up of the suspension whilst the car is being held under parc
fermé conditions the relevant driver must start the race from the pit
lane and follow the procedures laid out in Article 38.2.
So anybody can modify their car post qualifying and pay the price.
What is the price? We have to see 38.2. The key part, for this
particular debate, of that reg is "all such cars may then join the
race once the whole field has passed the end of the pit lane for the
first time after the start."
I think there is a price to be paid if you're in an RBR that's been
sent to the back of the grid because you'd reasonably expect to have
passed an HRT or Marussia or two before drawing level with the pit
lane exit, but over a race you probably score.