Red Bull confident car is legal
27 May 2012 – Just moments after the Monaco Grand Prix podium ceremony, with rain now pouring in the Principality, Red Bull chiefs were questioned over the latest feature on the RB8. Since Malaysia, the cars of Sebastian Vettel and Monte Carlo winner Mark Webber have sported slots in the floor of the chassis, located near the rear wheels.
With Mercedes having queried the feature in Spain and McLaren and Ferrari now doing the same, Christian Horner and Adrian Newey are confident that the car remains legal.
“The car complies with the regulations, we’re happy with that and it’s the nature of Formula 1 that there are complaints when you have a competitive car,” Team Principal Horner told BBC Sport. “Technically, I am absolutely convinced that we do comply.”
Newey, Red Bull’s Chief Technical Officer, then shared his side of the story.
“This arose after the Bahrain Grand Prix but we have a letter from Charlie Whiting and the FIA that it’s legal, so we’re not worrying about it at all,” he explained.
“As Christian said, it’s part of the game in Formula 1; it’s a shame it has to come up but I’m happy with it. If they’re not complaining, it probably means you’re going too slow!”
The current FIA Technical Regulations state that a car’s floor must be a surface which is impervious (meaning air cannot pass through it in any area). Rival teams now await a rule clarification from Formula 1 governing body the FIA.