F1 »

Red Bull told to alter diffuser – and goes 'even better than before'

McLaren-Mercedes' request to the FIA to examine the back of Red Bull Racing's RB6 ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix last weekend ultimately backfired, Christian Horner reveals...
Following an inquiry from F1 2010 title rival McLaren-Mercedes, Red Bull Racing was instructed by the FIA to alter part of its rear diffuser ahead of last weekend's Monaco Grand Prix – but the Milton Keynes-based squad's team principal Christian Horner has revealed the change made the car that is already the fastest in the field 'even better than before'.

According to German publication Auto Motor und Sport, McLaren engineering director Paddy Lowe alerted the sport's governing body to an element of the diffuser on the Adrian Newey-designed RB6 not in adherence with the regulations. The car has been the subject of considerable scrutiny by fellow teams of late due to its crushing superiority, particularly in qualifying – with six pole positions out of six thus far this season.

Having acquiesced with the FIA's demands, meanwhile, pole-sitter Mark Webber and team-mate Sebastian Vettel still went on to thoroughly dominate the race around the narrow, tortuous streets of the glamorous Principality – in the process securing RBR its second commanding one-two of the campaign.

“Obviously the backs of the cars are so sensitive now we try and make it as difficult for others to see as possible,” remarked the energy drinks-backed outfit's team principal Christian Horner. “We had to run a version without those [diffuser] wings, and found that it was even better than before.”



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Race, Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing, RB6
Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB6
Race, Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing, RB6 race winner and Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB6 2nd position
Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB6
Race, Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing, RB6
19.04.2015 - Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E23 leads Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E23
19.04.2015 - Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W06
19.04.2015 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T and Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W06
19.04.2015 - Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W06 leads Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W06
19.04.2015 - Race, Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34 leads Roberto Merhi (ESP) Manor Marussia F1 Team
19.04.2015 - Race, Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Sauber C34 and Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM08
19.04.2015 - Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W06
19.04.2015 - Race, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E23 lr Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM08
19.04.2015 - Race, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM08
19.04.2015 - Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW37 and Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E23
19.04.2015 - Race, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W06 leads Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T
19.04.2015 - Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T and Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W06
19.04.2015 - Race, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W06 leads Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T and Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


MikeAS - Unregistered

May 21, 2010 9:46 AM

@Huh? I agree. This is spin. RBR got 'caught out' and expect a backlash questioning their legality in the first 5 races. So the Team Principal tells everybody as loudly as possible that the illegal bit "made the car SLOWER" (and even thanks their opposition for pointing it out) - now isn't that guaranteed to make headlines over the small issue of ILLEGALITY. If you believe this you probably also believe in the tooth fairy...

spaghettieddie

May 20, 2010 9:51 PM
Last Edited 1796 days ago

Too funny! Did Brawn sell his soul to the devil last year and now its time to pay up? Man, Mercedes are having some bad luck. Between last weekends drama and this story. What are the odds of them(RB) having to remove something, that obviously was there for a reason, and then having their car go faster. Too much! Ha! :p



© 1999 - 2015 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.