FIA clamps down on flexing floors

Wed, 28 March 2007, 09:39

Ferrari and BMW-Sauber are likely to have to modify the designs of their cars’ floors after a warning was issued by FIA technical delegate Charlie Whiting.

Apparently following an informal complaint made by formula one rival McLaren at the Australian grand prix, Whiting has sent a letter to all teams informing them that detailed checks will be carried out on cars’ underbodies during scrutineering in future to ensure that teams are adhering to the spirit of the rules about banned moveable devices.

The floor designs of both Ferrari and BMW passed the former flexibility checks in Melbourne, but the teams are likely to present modified cars to scrutineers on the Thursday of the upcoming Malaysian GP.

Spain’s ‘Marca’ newspaper, meanwhile, revealed that McLaren brought the matter to the FIA’s attention with a letter from engineering chief Paddy Lowe, in which he asked the governing body for permission to apply a similar design to its own MP4-22 model.

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