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Newey: Red Bull RB8 was using F1 rules edge

Red Bull technical chief Adrian Newey admits that Championship winning car Red Bull RB8 was using F1 regulations limit.

The title rivals teams complained over the RB8’s floor-hole design during the Monaco GP weekend. Following the investigation FIA declared Red Bull floor was illegal and forcing to remove the holes that sit in front of the RB8’s rear wheels ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix.

The team was involved in a second; more serious dispute at the German Grand Prix when FIA Technical Delegate Jo Bauer referred the team to the race stewards over what he felt was an illegal throttle map. FIA declared following the investigation, forced to change its engine map settings ahead of Hungarian Grand Prix.

“It seemed like every race we were accused of doing something illegal,” Newey said in a Red Bull documentary.

“The car of course was using the regulations to the edge, that’s to me what you should do in Formula 1. There’s no such thing as the spirit of the regulations, it’s the black and white print of ‘you can’t do this, you can do that.’

“We took the can do bits right to the edge. The bottom line is the car was legal, [and] we won the races.”


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