Ending automobiles are at all times weighed and measured and have gas samples checked after races, earlier than the outcomes are made official.
Nonetheless from the Bahrain GP onwards the FIA will randomly choose one automobile for rather more detailed examination, and probably stripping of elements.
The FIA has knowledgeable the crew of the method, through a technical directive and a extra common clarification from the stewards, in order that they’re conscious that any automobile may very well be chosen.
For transparency the FIA needs to make it clear that the choice course of, and selection of which gadgets to look at, will not be essentially based mostly on any particular suspicions.
It additionally implies that groups are anticipated to make sure that their engineers can be found to co-operate with any investigation if essential.
Groups could also be requested to signal a declaration that their second automobile is of an identical specification to the one that’s being examined.
The method additionally implies that official outcomes can be marked as being topic to technical checks and that ought to any irregularities be discovered these outcomes may change lengthy after Sunday night.
In a bulletin issued on Saturday the FIA stewards famous: “So as to full deeper technical checks of the automobiles within the championship, the technical delegate will routinely and randomly choose one automobile at every occasion following the race for deeper disassembly, conformity checks and checks of software program and programs.
“Further checks may be carried out on the Competitor’s different automobile. That is in accordance with Artwork. 14.3 and 25.5 of the FIA Method One Sporting Laws.
“These checks can be along with the routine checks carried out by the technical division of the FIA and reported on the conclusion of every occasion.
“The technical delegate will publish his common report, following which the Stewards will publish a ‘Remaining Classification’ which in accordance with Artwork. 20 of the Worldwide Sporting Code (ISC) can be marked as being ‘Topic to ongoing routine technical checks.’
“Ought to any irregularity be subsequently found, the technical delegate will publish a report and the stewards have ordered the technical delegate to take the suitable steps to safeguard any proof that could be found in these technical checks, together with impounding and sealing related elements and knowledge.
“Ought to a stewards’ investigation be essential, in accordance with Artwork. 11.9.3.t of the ISC which considerations selections that have to be taken after an occasion, the stewards could reconvene, or delegate their authority to a subsequent panel of stewards, or to a panel assembled by the FIA for that goal.
“The stewards emphasise that whereas it is a new process on this championship, it’s routinely carried out in different FIA World Championships and competitions.”