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Horner expects clarification over engine map

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Christian Horner: "There's no clause in the regulations that refers to the spirit of the regulations" © Getty Images

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner is prepared for a clarification of the rules regarding engine maps after his team was investigated ahead of the German Grand Prix.

FIA technical delegate Jo Bauer reported the Red Bull's torque map to the stewards after he felt it was in breach of the technical regulations. However, while the stewards did not agree with all aspects of Red Bull's defence of the system they did concede that it did not breach the text of the technical regulations and the team was not penalised.

A meeting of the Technical Working Group is set for Monday and Horner said it's possible a technical directive could be issued ahead of the Hungarain Grand Prix to clarify the issue.

"I'm sure there's going to be debate about it," Horner said. "Conveniently, there's a Technical Working Group meeting tomorrow and I'm sure this will no doubt go on to the agenda. But the regulations are clear, so there could well be further technical directives that are designed to further clarify those regulations."

However, Horner said there was no doubt that Red Bull's car was legal in Germany, even if the stewards did not think it was in the spirit of the regulations.

"There's no clause in the regulations that refers to the spirit of the regulations," he added. "I think that the regulations are fairly straight forward and it's either in or out and it can't be a little bit in or a little bit out. Renault made their case very clearly and the stewards listened to the discussion and looked at all the evidence, not just from this race but from all of the races, and deemed that the regulation, which in fairness is trying to deal with a very complex issue, was in full compliance with the regulations."

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh added: "There's a Technical Working Group tomorrow [Monday]. If there's a decision that you are allowed to do that then everybody is going to spend a lot of money to run that kind of map as quickly as possible. If that's what it's got to be, then it's got to be, but it would be probably better, knowing that the FIA is frustrated by it, for there to be clarity and to stop doing it in the future."