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GP Week : Issue 157
Red Bull driver Mark Webber didn’t mince his words when he was asked how he felt about accusations that he and teammate Sebastian Vettel had won the Bahrain and Monaco grands prix in an illegal car. The accusations arose following the technical directive issue by the FIA last week, in which Charlie Whiting explained that, in his view, the holes in the floor of the RB8 did not comply with the technical regulations, even though the car had passed scrutineering at previous races. The crux of the matter is that the Red Bull floor is now illegal, but was not illegal when Vettel took the chequered flag in Bahrain, nor when Webber scored his second Monaco Grand Prix victory two weeks ago. “In relation to winning races with an illegal car, I’m happy to be called lots of things and I’m happy to have criticism about my driving and lots of stuff, but I will not take criticism in that respect,” the Australian racer said. “It completely pisses me off to be honest, because the car has passed every single technical regulation after the race. All of the teams that were against it did not make any protest after Monaco, the car passed the test after Bahrain, the car passed the test after Monaco and now there has been a clarification on the rule, and the rule now is different and we had a car that was legal for the first part of the season and now the rule has been changed and we will start again, so looking for ward to it.” Red Bull team principal Christian Horner agreed with his driver’s analysis of the situation, saying in Montreal on Thursday “Mark won Monaco fair and square first of all. The car complied with the rules, it complied with scrutineering. The teams had a right to protest if they felt that it contravened in any way, and 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, and a clarification – and it’s the right way to have dealt with the issue – has [been released] since Monte Carlo. In terms of the effect it will have on car performance for us, firstly we didn’t plan to run it here anyway, and it’s negligible. Plus it doesn’t only affect Red Bull Racing, there are a couple of other cars that were running similar concepts. “We felt it was completely legal, and the technical delegate agreed with that opinion prior to the event,” Horner continued. “It’s like a lot of areas on probably a lot of cars. The regulations are open to interpretation. Our interpretation we discussed with the FIA, and the FIA were happy with it, and they sought to further clarify the position, which has resulted in effectively that configuration not being permissible moving for ward – in the opinion of the technical delegate.” WEBBER ANGERED BY ACCUSATIONS OF WINNING IN AN ILLEGAL CAR EDITOR: Adam Hay-Nicholls firstname.lastname@example.org ASSISTANT EDITORS: Naoise Holohan, Kate Walker F1 ANALYST: Peter Windsor MOTOGP EDITOR: Michael Scott email@example.com RALLY EDITOR: Martin Holmes firstname.lastname@example.org PRODUCTION ARTIST: Cedric Dufour PHOTOGRAPHY: Sutton Motorsport Images www.sutton-images.com Keith Sutton email@example.com: Mark Sutton, Patrik Lundin, Dirk Klynsmith, Emily Davenport PUBLISHER: Chris Lambden firstname.lastname@example.org PUBLISHED BY: Grand Prix Week Ltd 61 Watling Street, Towcester Northants NN12 6AG United Kingdom ADVERTISING: n Richard Partridge email@example.com Ph: + 44 1273 232 566 Mob: + 44 7771 567 644 n Mark Sutton firstname.lastname@example.org n Gaye Grinsted (WRC/MotoGP) email@example.com Ph: +44 (0) 207 254 8796 Mob: +44 (0) 7921 283 070 n Adam Hay-Nicholls firstname.lastname@example.org n SE Asia, Australasia GPWEEK (Australia) email@example.com .com WEEK 4 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> NEWS