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FIA performs u-turn and tells Red Bull its floor design is now illegal

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June 03, 2012 11:38 AM

RBR claims they were told in writing that the hole was not illegal, in fact the car successfully passed scrutineering in Bahrain, Barcelona and Monco, now all of a sudden the car is illegal, all this means the FIA either intentionally allowed a known violation of their own rules into the competition or they didn't know what they were talking about, either one of the above make the FIA incompetent and certainly renders their future official rulings irrelevant, but now what? RBR got away with 25 winning points which can make all the difference at the end of the championship.

Redstone - Unregistered

June 03, 2012 11:57 AM

I wonder if this will mean the other teams will push for their results of the previous races to be nullified? As the car has had this configuration since the beginning of the season. Therefore they have been racing an illegal car according to this ruling by the FIA , in retrospect their car has been breaching the rules.

Chris - Unregistered

June 03, 2012 12:18 PM

Ah the annual goal post shifting by the FIA. Can't they for once get it right before the season kicks off instead of waiting till everyone is settling in and enjoying the sport? Every year its the same old thing. Maybe the FIA should design the car for the teams themselves and be done with it.


June 03, 2012 1:24 PM

redstone. no the bull did not have the slot since the start of the season. but when they proposed it, the fia gave them the go ahead (in writing). so how on earth could the fia now treat the car as illegal when they confirmed it was legal and it had passed all inspections? and as i have pointed out elsewhere, both ferrari and sauber have been running similar items.

the car has not been, nor is it illegal, at this point in time. only if it used an unaltered slot in canada, would it be illegal.
as sunny says, this whole fia/cw affair is a total farce.

Marc - Unregistered

June 03, 2012 1:35 PM

The problem for me is inconsistency. Not because they took so long to come to the correct decision and ended up changing their mind. But the fact that when Lewis couldn't get back to the pits, he incurring a ten place penalty. But if you run an illegal car for 5/6 race there will be no penalty!


June 03, 2012 1:37 PM

rob. it was mclaren who wanted the help!
THEY complained to fia about the matter. it was rumoured by some (no names mentioned) that ferrari complained, but they were another team using the slot, so that wasnt the case!

rbr are leading the wcc and are second and third in wdc, so macca wanted to peg them back a bit. but the bulls are not going to be handicapped in canada, as they were not going to use it in canada anyway. for a high speed circuit, they use a FLAT floor

Porcelina - Unregistered

June 03, 2012 1:39 PM

The FIA love the money that Red Bull as a company bring to the sport, which is why they're allowed to get away with running two teams.

As much as they'll deny it, there is a mutual understanding that STR are there to help out Red Bull. There have been way too many suspicious incidents over the years and it's just not right.

They're unhealthy for Formula 1 and the sooner they're knocked off their perch, the better. I'm surprised Vettel looks set to commit himself longer term.

"Daddy, you were a race driver, who did you drive for?"

"Red Bull Racing, son"

"...Aren't they a drinks company? Why didn't you drive for Ferrari/Williams/Mercedes?"


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