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Red Bull Racing, the works partner for engine supplier Renault were told to stop using certain engine maps last year. The same issue has now been reportedly spotted in the 2013 challengers for Red Bull Racing and Lotus F1, the two front running Renault powered teams after the second preseason test at Barcelona. The report in Germany's Auto Motor und Sport said that despite the FIA issuing a technical directive about engine maps last August, 'It was not clear what should apply for 2013."
The FIA has since stated to the German reporter Schmidt, that the August 2012 directive still stands, even though Renault were blissfully unaware of the federations stance until Thursday last week at Barcelona, having developed new maps to optimise the heated air exhaust blowing effect for 2013..
With teams at an advanced stage of development and with not much time left for the first race at Australia, Mercedes team boss Ross Brawn thinks this could put Red Bull and Lotus F1 on the back foot as their similar exhaust solutions for 2013 were probably designed to work in conjunction with "a clever engine management system".
See our dummies guide to the engine mapping saga of 2012 and the subsequent FIA directive here.