FIA seeks to resolve RB8's floor row

Mon, 28 May 13:05:15 2012

The FIA is planning to resolve the row over the controversial holes in the floor of the Red Bull RB8 over the next few days, AUTOSPORT has learned.

After Ferrari, Mercedes and McLaren expressed some doubts about the legality of the holes ahead of the rear wheels of the Red Bull, there was some consideration given to a post-race protest over the matter.

In the end, it was felt that it would be better to sort out the issue before the Canadian Grand Prix, rather than damage the sport with the prospect of the results of the Monaco Grand Prix being overturned.

AUTOSPORT has learned that discussions will take place over the next 48 hours on the matter, and the FIA has confirmed it hopes to issue a clarification on the matter this week.

A spokesman for the FIA said: "Red Bull have not been asked to change anything yet. However, there is a difference of opinion over interpretation of a regulation, which we intend to clarify our position on during the next days."

The dispute over the holes relates to the fact that those on the Red Bull do not feature small slots to the edge of the floor, like those that are on the Ferrari.

By having this slot, which the FIA says can be so small that even a sheet of paper would not fit through, the holes are no longer enclosed and become openings.

The FIA spokesman added about the governing body's position: "We think there are arguments on both sides so a position will have to be taken."


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