London : Reigning champions Red Bull would have to redesign a part of their car before next weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix after the Formula One Association adjudged a part of their car as illegal.
There was speculation prior to last Sunday`s race in Monaco that a protest would be lodged against the design of the RB8, in particular the holes in the floor in front of the rear wheels, which have been declared illegal by the FIA on Saturday.
The world governing body of motor sport has sent a technical directive to Red Bull and all other teams informing them that the car must be changed for the race in Montreal.
Red Bull felt the regulations did not specify that holes in that area of the car were banned, but in the technical directive sent to them, the FIA say “we disagree with this view and consider it implicit that fully enclosed holes may not be located there.”
However, Red Bull stays confident that the car is complying to the rules and regulations.
“There was a bit of a fuss after the Bahrain race but it was clear the car complied. We sought clarification after that, but there is no doubt the car is fully compliant,” Christian Horner, Red Bull team principal was quoted as saying.
“The car is identical to that which ran in Barcelona and Malaysia as well. There are other cars running in similar situations. As I say, we`re totally comfortable with the car, that it complies with the regulations and we`re not going to change it,” he added.