Red Bull Racing boss Christian Horner has reacted angrily to rivals who continue to find reasons to question the legality of the team's cars, after another issue was raised with the stewards at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Having been queried about potential rule infringements with it front wings and ride height in recent years, Red Bull has continued to be the subject of scrutiny in 2012,
having been forced to close off holes in both the floor and wheels of the RB8 at the Canadian Grand Prix after the FIA determined that they contravened the regulations, and were then called before the stewards again in Germany last weekend to answer questions about the engine mapping on its Renault V8s. Despite being cleared of any irregularity at the time, the governing body has since reworded the regulations, forcing the team to revert to an older map for the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Then, in Budapest, the RB8's suspension came under the spotlight, amid claims that it could be adjusted by hand when the rules expressly mandate that only tool-based adjustments should be possible. With cars having to run higher than is ideal in qualifying to take account of parc ferme
rules and the higher fuel loads required for raceday, the ability to easily adjust ride height would be extremely useful, but Horner insists, once again, that RBR is not breaking the rules.
"We never changed the ride height in parc ferme
- it is a non-issue," he told the BBC
ahead of qualifying at the Hungaroring, "There are a lot of parts that are changed manually on the car, but a tool was used. The suspension has never been changed once it's in parc ferme
The apparent persecution of Red Bull is clearly beginning to take its toll on Horner, who believes that the team should be applauded for its ingenuity rather than reported to the stewards every time it appears to have stolen a march on its rivals.
"The bottom line is the results sheet comes out at the end of qualifying or the end of the race and the car complies with the regulations," he told ESPN
at the end of the weekend, "All the rest is all bullsh*t! At the end of the day, it's all down to the FIA and the stewards to decide whether the car's legal or not. Every single time our car has been questioned by other teams, it has always been compliant with the rules.
"Of course, the nature of F1 is that it's competitive, but the regulations are written in such a way that they are open to interpretation and, from HRT to Red Bull, every single team interprets those rules otherwise you'd have all the cars that look identically the same. Part of our strength is our ingenuity and I don't think we should be criticised for being creative."