The problem with putting "planks" under the endplates is that it would make it very easy to rip the whole front wing off on a curb. And that would be extremely dangerous.
747heavy, we just disagree on one basic interpretation of the rules. For you, 3.17 is a rule used to see if cars comply with 3.15. For me, 3.15 is a totally different rule to 3.17, describing any device that attempts to use ground effect to create downforce by getting as close as possible to the ground. The RBR front wing is designed precisely to do that. The fact that it uses bending or setup or whatever it uses changes nothing to the fact that the whole front of the car is designed so that wing can get as close as possible to the ground to use ground effect to create downforce and limit induced drag.
And that is illegal under rule 3.15, which was originally intended to outlaw skirts and all other ground effect devices.
I don't think its RBR's fault. I don't think they intend to cheat. I think they believe that passing 3.17 entitles the car to bend any way it likes and that therefore 3.15 doesn't apply.
What I find unfair is that somehow Red Bull seemed to get the memo on how and which rule was going to be applied by the FIA and not the other teams. Or just made the "right guess". But it shouldn't have to be a guess. Or even a judgment call. The rules should be clear from the start, for everybody. And considering the length of the discussion here, one can hardly say they are.
To me, RBR is not the problem. If the FIA says it's OK, why the hell would they not do it, even if it contradicts the FIA rulebook?
To me, the FIA is the problem, taking decisions that are not in agreement with their own rules, and selectively applying those rules because they don't know what to do and how to enforce their own rulebook.
Maybe (going out on a limb here) it might be time for FOTA to give it a try and attempt to write their own rulebook without the FIA for the next major change in regulations. By the teams for the teams.
They might make an even bigger mess of it, but with a smaller structure, they might be able to mend that mess in a much more efficient way.
Again, for me RBR is not the problem, the rule (and enforcement thereof) is the problem.
Lindz, sorry if I lost my cool a little bit here. I was just starting to feel this was just going round in circles...