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The HRT squad requested a scrutineering delay ahead of this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix, to give them more time to prepare Pedro de la Rosa’s car. The FIA have granted the request, giving the Spanish team until 11am tomorrow morning local time for the scrutineering procedure to take place.
HRT have struggled to get both their cars ready on time after they missed all of the pre-season testing and could only shakedown one car during a filming day in Barcelona. If they don’t manage to get the car prepared in time for 11am, then De La Rosa’s car will not be allowed to participate in Friday Free Practice.
The FIA have been busy today as it was also confirmed Mercedes’ unusual rear wing design is legal. Other teams questioned the concept as it appeared to be using F-ducts like last year, when they have been banned.
However, Charlie Whiting said: “F-ducts are not banned... the regulations that changed specifically banned the use of driver movement to influence the aero performance of the car.”
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