Team principal Francois Sicard additionally hit out on the “unacceptable” reliability of the present F2 automotive, citing a number of engine-related failures all through the season.
Ticktum pulled over at Curva Grande instantly after securing victory in Sunday’s F2 race, and needed to be dropped off within the pitlane within the medical automotive to have a good time his victory. Following the race, Ticktum was disqualified from the dash race having been unable to supply the required gas pattern required by F2’s sporting laws.
In an announcement, Sicard lambasted the choice to disqualify Ticktum, stating that the gas tank had suffered a leak – and claimed that the F2 organisers had prior information of an issue with the spec gas cells utilized by all groups.
“This fuel tank problem has been known to the championship organisers and their suppliers for several races,” mentioned Sicard. “The tank in Dan’s car was serviced three races ago, but we still had an issue.
Speaking to Motorsport.com, Sicard added: “Just before the finish line, [Dan] started to have some cuts and after a few meters crossing the line, the engine kept cutting so we asked Dan to park the car. We were starting to try and understand what happened because we had many engine issues this year, so we thought it was due to the engine, and after we thought it’s maybe the fuel that we use.
“We took some margin with the fuel so that it was already unlikely it was going to be a problem of fuel consumption, and when we go through the technical scrutiny, we saw that we had no more fuel in the fuel tank, which was quite surprising for us. The FIA also allowed us to go through some more investigations and we found out that there was a leak and most of the fuel was not in the tank but in the car, in the chassis, in the monocoque.”
When requested concerning the service that the gas tank had obtained, Sicard defined that it was often accomplished “once before the season”, and was dismayed by the price of repairs as a result of automotive’s unreliability.
“We [serviced the tank] three races ago and we still have some issues, and I don’t know why, but it’s too many issues at the moment,” he mentioned. “When it’s not the fuel tank it’s the engine. Something must be done because, and for the team, it’s a big issue because we’re paying, spending quite a big amount of money to make sure that our cars are reliable.
“We’re changing parts more often than normal, and finally we’re still having issues, so it’s really annoying for Dan because he really deserved this win. We have the feeling that we have had the win a bit stolen today, I hope this is something that is going to be solved by the F2 organisation.”
Sicard additionally made point out of the quite a few engine failures inside F2 this season, which have price a number of drivers throughout the grid all year long. The Mecachrome-built F2 powertrain, which debuted the beginning of 2018 with the brand new automotive, suffered a number of teething issues throughout its first season.
Although reliability appeared to have been improved for 2019, after various high-profile clutch points plagued its first yr of service, the 2020 season has performed host to additional technical issues to this point – with a profusion of spectacular engine fires littering the races.
“These issues cannot continue in such a championship, with the budgets required to participate and be competitive,” Sicard continued. “It is simply unacceptable. Every team on the grid has had far too many problems out of their control since the beginning of the season.”
F2’s organisers have been approached for remark.