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GP Week : Issue 156
Red Bull will be required to modify the floor of their car in time for this week’s Canadian Grand Prix after the FIA issued a directive clarifying that the holes as they stood did not comply with regulations. Over the course of the Monaco weekend it was rumoured that rival teams would be challenging the legality of the Red Bull floor, but despite Mark Webber’s win on Sunday it was felt that there was little to be gained from challenging the results of the most iconic race on the calendar. Wanting to prevent a repeat of the risk of protests in Montreal, the FIA assured teams that they would make their position on the floor holes clear before the circus decamped for the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Past results are unaffected by the directive, which will apply from the Canadian Grand Prix onwards, meaning that Red Bull’s wins in Bahrain and Monaco will stand. The directive, which was issued to the teams on Friday night under the reference number TD/013-12, reads as follows: “Following on from a number of discussions in Monaco, during which it became clear that certain misunderstandings existed, we feel it would be helpful to make our position clear with respect to the presence of a fully enclosed hole in any surface lying on the step plane. “It has been argued that, as it is not explicitly stated that fully enclosed holes cannot be located in a surface lying on the step plane rear ward of a line 450mm for ward of the rear face of the cockpit template, then they may be located in such areas. We disagree with this view and consider it implicit that fully enclosed holes may not be located there. “If they were permitted the opening part of the second paragraph of Article 3.12.5 (which was added to the regulations at the same time as Articles 3.12.9 and 3.12.10 for 2011) would be superfluous. “Furthermore, locating a fully enclosed hole partly or wholly within the 50mm band which is exempt from the requirements of Article 3.12.10 along the outer edges of the surfaces lying on the step plane does not exempt it from the requirements of Article 3.12.5, those parts lying outboard of Y650 are still parts of the surfaces lying on the step plane.” FIA DECLARES RED BULL FLOOR ILLEGAL While Charlie Whiting has issued a letter suggesting that he would rule against Red Bull IF someone protested, Red Bull's motorsport chief Helmut Marho says they weren't planning to use the same floor in Canada anyway. So there! 3 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> NEWS