But rival teams were intrigued by why Science was seen working with the opposite sex – which could be against the rules.
The F1 Tire Test Regulations state: “Only specification components used in at least one (1) race or TCC shall be used in the vehicle on these tests. [testing of current cars] this year’s championship. These cars must fully comply with the provisions of the Technical Regulations. “
It adds: “No details for testing, component changes or changes to the setup will be allowed, giving the competitor any information not related to the tire test.
“Changes in mechanical adjustment, driver control changes and component changes are permitted if it has been previously agreed with the tire supplier that they are necessary for a proper tire evaluation or to complete a tire test.”
Carlos Sainz, Ferrari F1-75, floor detail
Photo: Davide Cavazza
The floor used by Sainz seemed to be an updated version that includes a floor that teams are evaluating to help cure guinea pigs, so questions have been asked about whether this has been the case before.
The situation has prompted at least two teams to contact the FIA for clarification regarding the situation and whether Ferrari has done anything to break the rules.
After a dialogue between the FIA and Ferrari over the weekend in Miami to test the components that had been launched, it was clear that the investigation had been completed and the governing body was happy with the rules.
Although there is no official statement on the matter, it is clear that the change of floor Ferrari for the afternoon run was caused by damage inflicted during the morning session.
The FIA was pleased that the floor that was installed on the Science machine in the afternoon was actually an older specification that was launched earlier this year and it complied with the rules.