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.