The Renault Method 1 workforce has escaped with a warning from the FIA after it combined up Pirelli’s 2021 improvement tyre units on Daniel Ricciardo’s automobile in FP2 in Portugal.
All groups have been obliged to make use of the primary half-hour of the afternoon session to attempt Pirelli’s experimental constructions.
One driver in every workforce was allotted a single set and was requested to do a long term, whereas the opposite driver had two units to make use of one after the opposite, with one representing the baseline and the opposite a brand new building. In Renault’s case Ricciardo was the driving force who was given two units to attempt.
Nonetheless Renault inadvertently swapped over the entrance lefts of the 2 units, in order that Ricciardo did each runs with three tyres from one set, and one from the opposite.
The error was logged by the FIA’s system and was reported to the stewards, as the principles make it clear that groups will not be allowed to combine various kinds of tyres.
Renault admitted to the error and escaped with a warning because the operating concerned improvement tyres, and nothing was gained.
The stewards famous: “It was agreed that the workforce used the wrong left entrance tyre from a set of a distinct specification which is an offence with no obvious sporting profit to the workforce because the set in query was a improvement set.”
The dangerous information for each the workforce and Pirelli was that in operating the combined units neither occasion discovered something significant about subsequent yr’s tyres from Ricciardo’s automobile.
Pirelli F1 boss Mario Isola acknowledged that it was simpler to make a mistake with improvement tyres, as they don’t seem to be color coded.
“Sadly it wasn’t very helpful as a result of they made a mistake,” he mentioned. “Figuring out what was the specification of Renault, we have now to exclude these two units from our evaluation.
“It occurs, as a result of the prototypes are black with out labels on the facet. Clearly with the race tyres, you have got totally different colors, and also you recognise instantly when you’ve got three tyres which might be white and one tyre that’s yellow.
“With the prototypes they’ve solely the variety of the set on the sidewall, not the color, so it was a real mistake. It’s clear that it’s troublesome to attract any conclusions from two units which have been combined, however it’s what it’s.”