Reviews: BOP controversy in Bahrain: Porsche asks Ferrari-Pace in question

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Porsche glaubt, Ferrari fährt bewusst nicht Vollgas © Motorsport Images Porsche believes, Ferrari deliberately does not full throttle

The BOP in the GTE-PRO class is in front of the Final Race of the WEC 2021 in Bahrain the big Zankapfel . FIA and ACO have returned half of the restrictions from the last weekend to Ferrari.

In front of the 6h Bahrain, the loading pressure of the Ferrari decreased by 0.08 bar and the tank by four liters. In the run-up to the 8h Bahrain, there was 0.04 bar and two liters back. This measure now ensures in the warehouse of Porsche for raised eyebrows.

Porsche: Ferrari has not shown the true pace

"We have analyzed all races based on timing data and facts and could find in the past races that Ferrari has not shown its true pace. Especially with the races in Spa and Monza have We doubt that they have shown their true performance, "says Porsches Wec-Manager Alexander Stehlig with 'Sportscar365' clear.

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"We are based on facts, analyze the entire field by looking at the amateurs, the professionals and the LMP cars is a multi-dimensional thing. We have big doubts about what we have seen. But I can have myself Only support on our analysis. "

The 6h Bahrain was the Ferrari camp, which loudly complained about the changes in the BOP classification. was spoke of "unfair" measures that are "bad for the sport". In fact, FIA and ACO Rule Houses used the so-called Black Ball rule that allows them to manually intervene once a season in the automated BOP process.

The result: Ferrari presented a chance left last weekend. Calado / Pier Guidi and Molina / Serra rounded the Bahrain International Circuit in the formation flight, but came to the finish with a clear residue of 35 seconds on the two Porsches.

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that the control tribes have then responded and returned half of the performance taken to the Ferrari, so you're "unanimous" at Porsche, so stumbling. "But FIA / ACO have much more data than us. We respect that. From our point of view, and because of the facts and analyzes we have taken as the basis, we would have not changed anything."

FIA reacts to Porsche statements

At the same time, the lack of transparency in the BOP finding process: "FIA and ACO never explain the BOP changes. That's your right and we have a full understanding of it. At the end of the day we are always trusting On her. We have a good relationship. " You will push to Porsche 100 percent and give everything, promises stood.

While not at Ferrari did not comment on the BOP thing, the rule headers have a reaction to stealing versions. The technical director of the FIA, Xavier Mestelan Pinon, says, "The definition of the BOP is sophisticated and complex, as there are numerous parameters, while the performance references of races are evolving."

Mestelan Pinon excludes that political reasons play a role: "Each BOP decision is purely data-controlled, and there are no other factors as data that the BOP affects. The entire process is completely transparent to the competitors."

"Of course, the performance on the track is not completely dictated by the BOP. The BOP ensures equal opportunities, and the rest is with the competitors - ie the teams and the drivers." After two free training, the balance of power is only conditionally meaningful. In FT2, however, Ferrari had the nose in front against Porsche. It remains exciting, up and next to the route.

because of unclear rules: Ferrari is not testing in Fiorano with the previous year's car .
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