FIA to offer $1m for proof of cheating

Motor sport's governing body, the FIA, is set to offer a $1 million reward for anyone who can provide proof that teams are continuing to use electronic drivers aids contrary to its cost-cutting measures announced last week

FIA to offer $1m for proof of cheating

The reward is an attempt by the FIA to encourage 'whistleblowers' to come forward and name teams that flout the technical changes recently introduced. Any team caught cheating will be liable for a heavy fine, which will help fund the rewards.

An FIA source told Reuters: "Driver aids cannot be used from 2004 but we are becoming increasingly sceptical of the teams' inability to switch off all launch control and other driver aids for the 2003 season.

"In addition to our own technical inspections, we are also considering a $1 million reward for the receipt of any information which will lead to the conviction of a team found to be acting illegally. The FIA has already made it clear that we intend to work on a zero-tolerance basis."

Driver aids such as traction control were legalised during the 2001 season following claims that the FIA could not police the systems.

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