The three main championship contenders – Ferrari, McLaren and Red Bull – have all passed the more stringent front floor deflection tests introduced by the FIA rulemakers for this weekend’s Grand Prix, effectively putting an end to the grumbling up and down the pit lane about cars not conforming to the regulations.
Amid suspicions within the paddock that both Ferrari and Red Bull were allegedly exploiting a loophole in the regulations – through either flexible bodywork or floors – to generate more downforce by getting the front wing closer to the track surface, the FIA introduced a host of flexibility tests to ensure conformity.
The governing body toughened the front wing flexibility tests at the last round in Belgium, and introduced new floor tests in time for this weekend’s race in Italy, which forced several teams to strengthen their floors or redesign the underside of theirs cars.
The stewards conducted inspections of the McLaren MP4-25 after Friday’s practice session, and the McLaren was inspected again after Saturday qualifying, along with Mark Webber’s Red Bull and Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari.
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