FIA declared Red Bull RB8 floor design is illegal to change the controversial design following FIA clarifies regulation over holes.
In Monaco GP paddock several teams revealed that Red Bull RB8’s floor hole was illegal and it’s located on the floor in front of the rear wheels.
Monaco Grand Prix stewards judge the car to be legal despite article 3.12.5 of F1’s technical rules, which states that “all parts lying on the reference and step planes must produce uniform, solid, hard continuous rigid, impervious surfaces under all circumstances.”
Following the main rivals questioned a clarification of the rule, which Red Bull team Principal Horner believed would back his team.
“The rules are written in such a way that they are open to interpretation and our interpretation of that particular rule was accepted by the scrutineers, by the technical delegate and the other teams got a little bit agitated,” he told Sky Sports F1 on Friday evening.
“But we were always confident that our car complied fully with the regulations. I think the regulation is quite a grey area, and I think a clarification will come out before Montreal that will tidy it up through a technical directive.”
According to F1 reporter Adam Cooper, the teams have been sent a note about this from the FIA, which read: “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 rearward of a line 450mm forward 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.”
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