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GP Week : Issue 157
Formula ExpoTM will feature over 120,000 sq. ft. of exhibits and demonstrations from top Formula 1TM teams, and give you the chance to get an early and up- close look at the amazing cars, technology, and rich history that makes Formula 1TM the most exciting racing series on the planet. While at Formula Expo,TM you’ll have the chance to race your friends on state of the art Formula 1TM simulators, see how your reaction times stack up against the best drivers in the world and experience the thrill of being a member of the pit crew. Tickets for Formula ExpoTM start at only $15 and family and multi-day discounts are available. For more information visit: www.formulaexpo.com Your Chance to Get Up Close & Personal with Formula OneTM In Partnership with: Special Thank You to Our Gold Sponsors: The big story last week was the FIA’s technical clarification regarding the holes in the floor of the Red Bull. In Canada, the constructors’ champions found themselves on the wrong side of the governing body for a second week in a row, thanks to their front brake cooling system. While the RB8 has passed scrutineering at every race this season, over the course of the Montreal weekend the FIA came to the conclusion that the apertures in the Red Bull’s wheel hubs were more of an aerodynamic benefit than they were the brake cooling system the team claimed them to be. The matter was cleared up in a communication with Red Bull, who were informed that it was the FIA’s opinion that the wheels would have to be changed if their car was to be passed as legal for the duration of the weekend. And while it was assumed by many that the combination of revisions to their floor and a new wheel spec in the space of 10 days would slow down the Bahrain and Monaco race winners, Sebastian Vettel silenced the team’s critics when he delivered a commanding pole lap on Saturday afternoon; the 32nd of his career. Asked whether he found the FIA’s technical attentions on the RB8 frustrating or motivating, Vettel responded in his typically jovial style. “First of all, you have to understand that we have the hole because we were believing in a combination with all the other parts we have on the car and how the car looks it makes sense,” the defending world champion explained. “Now it was declared illegal, then it was declared legal and now declared illegal again, so maybe next week it’s legal again. We have the parts in the garage! “There’s no real extra motivation. I think we still have to make sure we get the best out of the car that we can. We see that this year is very tight soit’suptoustomakesurewe use our package as well as we can and sometimes it might be good enough for the front row like here, sometimes maybe not good enough, but then we still have to make sure that we are very close.” RED BULL FALL FOUL OF FIA REGS ... AGAIN 5 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> NEWS