June 2, 2012
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The FIA has instructed Red Bull to modify its floor system before the Canadian Grand Prix, as it has now been deemed illegal.
The team came under pressure from Ferrari, McLaren and Mercedes in Monaco, after they protested that the holes in the RB8’s floor were against the rules. While they refrained from a post-race protest, which may have got Mark Webber’s race win thrown out, the FIA sought to clear matters with the teams.
The holes were located just ahead of the rear wheels, and were believed to have provided a moderate performance advantage.
The design took advantage of a “grey area” in the technical regulations, but the FIA have now clamped down on this exploitation.
February 6, 2012
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Red Bull's first images of the RB8
Red Bull are the second of today’s launches, posting pictures of their RB8 challenger.
After back-to-back drivers and constructors championships, the team have retained their winning formula, with Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber at the helm. Adrian Newey continues to head the design team. Ex-Toro Rosso driver Sebastien Buemi is the team’s reserve driver.
The most interesting innovation so far appears to be in the now infamous nose section, where the team have placed an air intake right in the middle of the raised section. It is currently unclear what section this intake serves, but it would most likely be for the driver.
More pictures and quotes from the team will be added as they arrive.