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Check F1 cars: Webber

By Robert Grant 31/01/2003 05:37:23 PM Comments (0)

Mark Webber has raised the alarm that the abolition of many electronic aids on Formula One cars this season could spark concerns about cheating.

Webber called on F1 authorities to keep close tabs on teams trying to get around the recent clamps on the electronic aids.

He said the world governing body of motor sport, the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), should deal severely with any team found cheating.

In a recent series of moves to curb the exorbitant costs in the sport and improve the quality of racing, aids such as launch and traction control, two-way telemetry between the cars and pits, and automatic gearboxes are to be outlawed.

Many of the clamps will apply from the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 6-9, but some have been postponed until the mid-season British GP.

"I hope they can police it - that's the thing that I'm concerned about," Webber said in a telephone hook-up from Europe with Australian media this morning.

"We need to make sure we can police it.

"Now if we get all the people in place to go against all the boffins that we've got in the pit lane that would be useful.

"Because there's some very, very smart people out there and there's so many different ways we can go about what the driver does in terms of throttle application to what actually goes to the rear wheels, it's a very technical process.

"It's a big game and big business and people were doing it (cheating) in the past because there's a benefit in it. They have got to ban these codes and all this software."

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