Updated: 10/06/2012 08:11 | By pa.press.net

Webber - Monaco win was legal



Mark Webber insists the Red Bull car he guided to victory in Monaco was perfectly legal

Mark Webber insists the Red Bull car he guided to victory in Monaco was perfectly legal

Mark Webber has lashed out at suggestions his historic victory in Monaco 11 days ago was achieved in an illegal car.

The build-up on race day of Formula One's blue-riband event had included the possibility of a protest from rival teams to an illegal floor on the Red Bull cars. In particular, it sported holes in its surface directly in front of the rear tyres, prompting team principal Christian Horner to defiantly insist the cars were "fully compliant".

Asked about his win, and team-mate Sebastian Vettel's triumph in Bahrain, an annoyed Webber said: "I am happy to be called lots of things and have criticism about my driving. But I will not take talk about the car being illegal."

He added: "The car passed every single technical regulation after the race. All the teams against it did not make any protest after Monaco, the car passed the test after Bahrain and passed the test after Monaco.

"There has been a clarification and the rule is different. We had a car that was legal for the start of the season, but the rule has been changed and we will race on."

Webber claims the floor would have been changed anyway for the European Grand Prix in Valencia in a fortnight. The Australian maintains that being forced to act earlier will not have an impact, adding: "From the driving side we are very optimistic the change will not make much difference at all."

As for Vettel, the reigning double world champion also brushed off suggestions the team had been using an illegal car and that potentially their points from the first six races could have been wiped out.

"I don't care," was Vettel's initial response when the situation was put to him.

The 24-year-old German then added: "I didn't feel there was anything wrong the car in Monaco, or the car we had previously. Nevertheless I don't think there will be a big difference. It's just a shame it goes one way and then the other.

"It's difficult to understand what is really going on, but in the end I don't think there will be a big penalty, a big impact as to what we do on the circuit, so we should be okay."

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07/06/2012 21:16
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If it were mclaren, they would have slapped them with a multimillion pound fine and deducted pionts.
08/06/2012 11:29
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It s very unpleasant to see how FIA and F1  decisions are made. Everybody is aware had that been Mclaren, the DECISION would have been DIFFERENTLY. WHY???   These guys  drove an ILLEGAL car to gain some added advantage, so these point should deducted.The TEAMS should keep on PROTESTING and they will WIN. If you commit a CRIME, and you were not CAUGHT at the crime scene, you could still be caught with EVIDENCE AND DUMP INTO JAIL. Its nothing different from this.

BE REMEMDERED THAT F1 AND FIA  IS NOT  FOR CHARLIE WHITE MAN.

07/06/2012 22:07
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The legality of a car at an event is decided by scrutineers at the event and by the FIA afterwards if there  is an  appeal. Red Bull passed on both accounts. Therefore, whatever the mumblings around the events (Bahrain + Monaco) , they are irrelevant. The FIA through Charlie Whiting has clarified the matter regarding the slots/holes post Monaco and I'm sure all teams will be 'legal' in Montreal and thereafter, whatever the spec. at the time. Teams push the boundaries until someone puts their hand up, always have; That is the essence of F1.

Mark Webber lives up to his honest 'in your face', tell it as it is commentary and doesn't hide behind the

' yada yada' platitudes  normally  voiced in F1, and long may that continue.

09/06/2012 09:34
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they got it first so cheated when everyone has it its the norm fact....
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