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Red Bull engine map legality questioned

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Red Bull's cars have been sent to the stewards after the FIA's technical delegate found an issue with its torque map in Hockenheim.

Jo Bauer sent an FIA communications to all of the teams on Sunday morning which read:

'Having examined the engine base torque map of car number 01 and 02 it became apparent that the maximum torque output of both engines is significantly less in the mid rpm range than previously seen for these engines at other Events.

'In my opinion this is therefore in breach of Article 5.5.3 of the 2012 Formula One Technical Regulations as the engines are able to deliver more torque at a given engine speed in the mid rpm range.

'Furthermore this new torque map will artificially alter the aerodynamic characteristics of both cars which is also in contravention of TD 036-11.

'I am referring this matter to the stewards for their consideration.'

No decision has yet been taken by the stewards over the legality of the cars.

When asked by Sky Sports about the situation on his way to the stewards' office, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said: "There's nothing really to say at the moment. The stewards will talk and have a chat about it. "

Asked what he made of Bauer's assessment that the system does not fit within the regulations, Horner added: "We've presented [to the stewards] why we believe it absolutely does."

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