Ferrari removes high wing after FIA ban

By on Saturday, May 21, 2011

May 21 (GMM) Ferrari on Saturday morning removed its controversial high rear wing for the start of the final pre-qualifying practice session in Barcelona.

The FIA was overnight looking into the legality of the wing, whose technically 3cm higher-than-legal height exploited a loophole about slot-gap separators.

"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 rules," said technical delegate Charlie Whiting on Friday.

Reports in Italy had suggested Ferrari was likely to get a one-race reprieve and would only have to remove the wing for Monaco and beyond.

In fact, Whiting told Ferrari to remove it immediately.

"(The cars) are fitted with a standard rear wing after the team was told that the solution tested yesterday could be declared illegal," confirmed the Maranello based team.

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