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Additional floor load test 11 September 2010

The FIA carry out load tests to ascertain whether a car's floor flexes beyond the permitted 5mm under a 200kg load. The test, which uses a piston in the centre of the floor (see inset), was introduced at the 2007 Spanish Grand Prix following the controversy surrounding Ferrari's 'moveable' floor device. At Monza the sport's governing body has introduced an even stricter test, which sees the same weight also applied to the side of the floor, 100mm from the centre line (see main illustration).