BARCELONA May 20 Ferrari's new rear wing may be
illegal and is being closely looked at by Formula One's
governing body, FIA race director Charlie Whiting said on
"We are aware of the development on the Ferrari rear wing
and we are currently discussing it with Ferrari," he told
reporters at the Spanish Grand Prix.
Asked whether Spaniard Fernando Alonso and Brazilian Felipe
Massa would be able to use it for Saturday's final practice and
qualifying, Whiting added: "That will depend on what we decide
"It's a very clever interpretation of the rules and we've
got to decide whether we think it's a good interpretation of the
Double world champion Alonso is the big crowd-puller at the
Circuit de Catalunya and arrived fresh from his first podium of
the season in Turkey.
Ferrari's assistant technical director Pat Fry said the
Italian team had tried out a lot of new components in Friday
practice including assessing "new aerodynamic concepts".
Whiting, who rarely talks to the media on the record,
explained that the issue was a possible contravention of article
3.10.3 of the technical regulations which deals with the slot
gap separators on the wing.
"They are devices which are normally just vertical, two of
them typically on each wing, which keep the distance between the
profiles constant," he said.
"These separators can't be more than 200mm apart...it's an
alternative interpretation of that rule that we are currently
Whiting also defended the FIA's decision to allow teams to
use the moveable rear wing (DRS) at next week's Monaco Grand
Prix, despite concern from some drivers that it could be
dangerous on the tight and twisty street circuit.
"I have spoken to the drivers a few times about it and it
was quite clear that the majority of them would prefer not to
use it in Monaco," he said.
"We are not waiting for an accident to happen but there is
simply no evidence to support the theory that it is going to be
"As it was introduced as an overtaking aid, it would be
somewhat perverse not to allow it in the place where you need
overtaking the most," said Whiting.
The race director also warned teams that most of them could
face protests in Spain from rivals about the use of engine
mapping to blow a constant flow of exhaust gases across their
cars' rear diffusers to gain an aerodynamic advantage.
The FIA had intended to clamp down on such systems in Spain
but postponed a decision until after Monaco. Williams, Virgin
and Hispania are not running such systems and could therefore
"It (a protest) is always a possibility, I've made that
clear to the teams," he said. "It could happen and then we'll
just take it to the stewards in the normal way."
Asked whether that could mean the FIA disqualifying most of
the field, he replied: "I'd like to think that probably wouldn't
happen but one never knows. It's not beyond the realms of
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