Mercedes seeks guidance on partnership agreements
By Alan Baldwin
ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Formula One world champions Mercedes have denied targeting Ferrari in seeking clarification from the governing FIA about how much teams can work together to develop their cars.
"We haven’t launched anything against a particular team," Mercedes motorsport head Toto Wolff said at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after a ruling was sought from race stewards.
"What we have sought from the FIA is a clarification to understand what you could do within the rules.
"It is about transparent information for all teams about what was within the rules and not at all about pointing a finger at anybody."
Ferrari have been working closely with the new U.S. based Haas team, who are due to make their debut next season and enjoy the use of a full scale rolling road wind tunnel in Concord, North Carolina.
The use of wind tunnels, crucial to aerodynamic developments, is restricted in Formula One to cut costs but Haas, being currently outside the championship, are not subject to the same limits.
Ferrari have made big performance gains this season, after failing to win a race last year, and are now Mercedes' closest rivals.
The International Automobile Federation (FIA) published a sheaf of documents, including letters from Mercedes technical head Paddy Lowe, seeking clarification on a number of 'ambiguities' in the sport's rules. Continued...