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FIA : MERCEDES FERRARI AND RED BULL THE REAR WING THAT FLEXES

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Currently the FIA conducts two tests, one vertical and one horizontal, to ensure that rear wings do not flex too much.

The top teams have once again managed to conjure up a technical innovation.

At Silverstone it became apparent that Red Bull Racing, Mercedes and Ferrari work with flexible material in the rear wing, allowing it to bend slightly. It’s expected that the Formula 1 organization will soon ban the technique.

Television footage showed that the rear wing of Mercedes leans slightly to the inside of the curve because of the characteristics of the material. So the rear wing has a slight slope, in which it slopes horizontally to the side on which the corner is located.

The trick, which according to Motorsport yields about two extra kilometres per hour at top speed, is also used by competitors Red Bull Racing and Ferrari. For the Austrians, the wing would be lowered during the races. The main reason to work with such a system is that it would improve the balance of the car.

If you look at the fin behind the airbox and focus on the N in Petronas it kinda looks like the wing is slightly lower at high speed compared to at the chicane, but due to all the shaking (normal) it’s really hard to tell if it’s flexing or I’m just crazy.

This past weekend the FIA has been poking around in the pitlane and encountered the modified rear wings. There will probably be a decision this week about whether the system can be used from the Barcelona Grand Prix onwards. The exact reason why it will be discontinued is not given.

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