Vettel: Mapping changes not the reason for dip
28 July 2012 – Sebastian Vettel claims that engine mapping modifications are not the reason for Red Bull’s sudden dip in form at the Hungaroring. The World Champion qualified third on Saturday ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix, with team-mate Mark Webber only 11th.
The result brings an end to a two-year pole run for in Budapest for Vettel. After Hockenheim last weekend, Formula 1 governing body the FIA released a rule clarification stating that engine mapping settings could not be run in the way that Red Bull had in Germany; for Vettel’s home race, the team stretched the rules by adjusting their torque settings.
“I don’t think the engine map stuff has really affected us as much as people think it has,” Vettel answered the inevitable questions. “The result has nothing to do with mapping. We have been struggling to find the right balance throughout the weekend here.”
On Friday, the reigning World Champion admitted that he would have reverted to the Hockenheim mapping settings if he was allowed to. At the last three race meetings, Vettel had enjoyed two pole positions and one fourth place.
Also in Hungary this weekend, another Red Bull controversy is circulating, as reports state that the cars were running driver-operable front suspension adjusters in Canada.