Webber angered by 'illegal' barb
Aussie gives sweary response to 'hole' clarification
Last Updated: 07/06/12 6:07pm
Mark Webber has responded angrily to barbs that he won Monaco with an illegal car - but insisted that the FIA's 'no hole' ruling will not compromise Red Bull's competiveness for the rest of the season.
Although an official protest against the controversial 'holes' fashioned into the floor of the RB8 just ahead of its rear tyres was not forthcoming following Webber's victory in Monte Carlo, motorsport's governing body subsequently issued a clarification that such a design was now illegal.
Stern-faced and evidently unimpressed with any suggestion of wrongdoing, Webber did not mince his words as he gave short shrift to the team's critics in Thursday's press conference in Canada.
"In relation to [the allegation of winning with an illegal car], I've been called lots of things, and I'm happy to take a lot of criticism for my driving and lots stuff, but I won't accept criticism in that respect. It pi**es me off, to be honest, because the car has passed every single technical check and all of the teams that were against the car in Monaco did not make a protest.
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"The rule now is different. We had a car that was legal for the first part of the season and now that the rule has been changed we will start again."
However, despite his evident irritation about the rule change, Webber was relaxed about the implications of the ruling, insisting that it would not pose a significant problem to the team. Indeed, according to the Australian, Red Bull were in any case planning to fill in the hole of their own volition.
"I wouldn't know if the floor is changed or unchanged," he continued. "So we're very optimistic that the change won't make difference at all. You won't believe us, but we had some changes for Valencia which included no hole irrespective of the rule change."