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Although Mark Webber took his first victory of the year in Monaco yesterday, the win was not completely certain as there had been a threat of protests from other teams. Before the race got underway, there were rumblings in the paddock of a protest from Ferrari, McLaren and Mercedes, who were unhappy about the legality of holes in the Red Bull floor.
The hole sits just in front of the rear wheels, in an attempt to produce more downforce, and has been on both Red Bull cars since the Bahrain Grand Prix - a race that Sebastian Vettel won.
After Webber’s win, the teams decided not to protest the result, but have still asked the FIA for clarification over the situation, although Red Bull are confident the design is legal. Team principal Christian Horner said: “We have obviously consulted with the FIA over it - we have had their opinion in writing... we are entirely happy that the car completely complies.”
The FIA have said: “There is a difference of opinion over interpretation of a regulation, which we intend to clarify out position on during the next days” They don’t say quite how many days.
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References Christian Horner, Mark Webber, Sebastian Vettel
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