Red Bull have won the battle, the FIA will win the war
After stealing the headlines on Sunday morning, changes to the engine map regulations have passed largely without comment so far in Hungary.
In the build-up to last weekend’s Germany Grand Prix, the world waited with baited breath as Red Bull pleaded its case to the stewards, the FIA having referred the team to the race officials for irregularities.
Just an hour before the race it was revealed that the reigning constructors’ champions would not be penalised, having successfully argued its case.
While questions have been asked and some comment has been made, by and large the matter has dropped off the radar.
A clarification released on Wednesday seems to have put the issue to bed, Red Bull it seems may have won the battle in Germany. But the FIA has ultimately won the war.
At some point all teams need the help of the FIA; a half-turned eye or a quiet heads up often giving the teams an opportunity to correct on honest mistake before it becomes a problem.
If Red Bull continues to flaunt its own cleverness in such a brash and obnoxious manner, the team may find the FIA to be somewhat less accommodating when it makes a marginal and honest mistake.
Red Bull might seem like victors now, however they need to be careful. This is a short term victory and the FIA have the power in the long run.