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Webber defended over legality claims

8 June 2012

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has defended Mark Webber's response to questions over the legality of the Red Bull RB8 he used to secure victory in the Monaco Grand Prix.

Webber took his first win of the season in the principality in what was the final race before the FIA clarified the regulations and declared that holes on the floor towards the rear of the Red Bull car – which has previously been passed as legal – were in fact illegal.

The Australian reacted with anger to suggestions he had won with an illegal car in Monaco [See separate story HERE] but Horner said the comments made by his driver were understandable and that Red Bull felt the situation had been dealt with in the correct manner.

"I think Mark's comments are understandable," he told ESPNF1. "He won Monaco fair and square first of all; the car complied with the rules, it complied with scrutineering. Teams have a right to protest if they felt that it contravened in any way - no team chose to do that. Since then there's obviously been a bit of debate as to what's a hole and what's a boundary surface and so on. The clarification - as we expected - is the right way to have dealt with the issue.

"It has been clarified since Monte Carlo, so in terms of the effect it will have on car performance for us - we didn't plan to run it here anyway - it's negligible. Plus it doesn't only effect Red Bull Racing, there was a couple of other cars that were running similar concepts."


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