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FIA to further limit off-throttle exhausts in 2012 // The FIA confirm restrictions, as Ross Brawn airs his concerns

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FIA to further limit off-throttle exhausts in 2012
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Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn spoke yesterday about his concerns over the new exhaust regulations to be put in place next year. The FIA have mandated that exhausts should be pointing vertically rather than horizontally towards the rear wing, but Brawn isn’t convinced the rules would stick, saying: “Teams go through a period of finding the best regulations they can with good spirit and proper intent... but if an engineer comes along with a good idea we have to consider it. I would not say I’m confident that there will not be an innovative exhaust scheme because once we have learned something, you cannot unlearn it.”

Today, Autosport reports the FIA have informed teams that engine mapping for the 2012 cars will be limited. Via the standard ECU, the FIA intend to control and halt the more extreme engine mapping that we have seen this year, thus ensuring that off-throttle blowing of exhausts will no longer be possible. These fresh concerns come after attempts to stop it at the British Grand Prix this year - attempts that only lasted one race.