MARK Webber will keep his victory at the Monaco Grand Prix, despite his car being deemed illegal by F1’s governing body.
The FIA investigated claims raised by rival teams McLaren and Ferrari that the floor on Red Bull Racing’s RB8 did not meet the strict regulations in place.
Two holes were found just behind the exhaust outlets of the new car’s floor pan, which many teams believed to be an attempt at producing the recently banned blown diffuser, used to increase downforce at the rear of the car.
And having inspected the car last week, the team from Tilbrook were told they had to make changes in order for it to meet the rules before this weekend’s race in Montreal, Canada.
However, as a formal complaint of the result in Monaco wasn’t lodged, Webber and team-mate Sebastian Vettel will be able to keep their points from the race, and Red Bull will face no penalty.
Team boss Christian Horner said he was surprised the complaint came after the Monaco race, especially as they had been running the floor for the previous two rounds.
“There was a bit of a fuss after the Bahrain race,” said Horner. “But the car is identical to that which ran in Barcelona and Malaysia as well. There are other cars running in similar situations.”
Red Bull lead the way in the Formula 1 Constructors’ Championship standings by 38 points, ahead of McLaren, and will get their chance to increase that gap in Canada. In the Drivers’ rankings, Vettel and Webber both narrowly trail Fernando Alonso of Ferrari.
The Canadian GP was one of the most dramatic of last season, as after a three-hour rain delay, Vettel led from the start, opening a huge gap to the chasing pack as the circuit dried.
But in the dry conditions, McLaren’s Jenson Button launched an incredible charge, making his way up from 18th in the pack to be within sight of Vettel as the pair entered the final lap, before the German slid wide, allowing Button through to win.