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RUBBERY RED BULL UNDER FIRE: Red Bull has come under the spotlight again, this time for the rubbery nose on its RB8 car.
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FIA's technical chief Charlie Whiting has played down claims Red Bull has pushed the rules further than any rival with its supposedly "rubber" front nose.Video footage of a mechanic removing Sebastian Vettel's damaged front nose during a recent pitstop caused alarm in the Formula 1 paddock, as the nose appeared to bend, flex and twist as though it was made of rubber.GETTING INTO A 'TWIST'Reports suggested the team had pushed the envelope further than ever in the realm of flexible parts.Subsequent reports claimed Red Bull's nose actually behaved quite normally, given the qualities of the tips of F1 cars' noses for the FIA crash-test requirements.Whiting said: "What happened with Vettel in Abu Dhabi was an extreme case, because the mechanic grabbed the nose and gave it a twist."I am sure that would also happen on any other car."
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