Scuderia Ferrari has been cleared of any wrongdoing following an FIA investigation into what was thought to be a coded message it displayed at the 2016 Australia Grand Prix.
Ferrari was under investigation after it displayed a message on Sebastian Vettel’s pitboard that read ‘-3.2 LFS6 P1′. Another team spotted the confusing succession of numbers and letters and reported it, sparking an FIA investigation.
Prior to the season-opening race, F1 race director Charlie Whiting had reiterated to teams that all messages had to be either heard or seen and that anything that they thought was ‘coded’ would be investigated.
Ferrari’s message would typically not be allowed, however the team provided what the FIA thought was an ample explanation for the message. The Australian GP had to be stopped for 20 minutes following Fernando Alonso’s crash, and when the green flag came back out, it brought out “a number of glitches,” in Ferrari’s pit board system.
The glitches are what caused the strange message to display, Ferrari said, prompting the FIA to take no further action.