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Journalists say FIA ‘splitter’ story untrue

Two F1 correspondents have contradicted reports about allegedly illegal ‘splitters’ aboard the top Red Bull, Lotus and Mercedes cars.

Italian reports had said F1’s governing body warned the teams to make changes before China, after scrutineers flagged the too-flexible front floor solutions in Malaysia recently.

But Jennie Gow, the pitlane reporter for British radio BBC, said on Tuesday that she has “spoken to Lotus and Merc who say FIA splitter story is just that — a story!”

“Both teams passed tests and no changes to make,” she added on Twitter.

German correspondent for Auto Motor und Sport, Tobias Gruner, agreed: “Neither Lotus and Mercedes nor Red Bull was asked to change the splitter.

“So everybody calm down!”