Ferrari under criticism

After Ferrari showing so strong at Imola, with a 1-2 finish from Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello, allegations have surfaced that the Scuderia are using illegal aerodynamics. Apparently Williams and McLaren have complained that the ...

After Ferrari showing so strong at Imola, with a 1-2 finish from Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello, allegations have surfaced that the Scuderia are using illegal aerodynamics. Apparently Williams and McLaren have complained that the bargeboards (bodywork behind the front suspension that channel airflow) were 'flexing' during the San Marino Grand Prix.

The flexing of the bargeboards would aid the downforce of the car and officials from Williams and McLaren examined video replays of Schumacher at Imola. The flexing of bargeboards had already been noted in the Brazilian GP and the FIA asked Ferrari to strengthen the wings -- but it was an arguable strategy when many teams also used a flexible rear wing due to the bumpy surface of the Interlagos circuit.

Ferrari officials were unhappy with the accusations, saying that their rivals were merely trying to find fault because they couldn't match the performance of the F2002. Ferrari seem unbeatable already this season and accusations of illegal bodywork appear to be nothing more than sour grapes.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Rubens Barrichello
Teams Ferrari , McLaren , Williams