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FIA's Response Awaited on F1 Wing Controversy

Red Bull Questions Rivals’ Front Wings in F1

14/06/2024

Red Bull raises concerns over its rivals’ F1 front wings, questioning their legality and awaiting FIA’s intervention.

Lively discussions are taking place behind the scenes in Formula 1 as concerns emerge regarding the legality of certain front wing designs.

Over recent Grands Prix, it has become apparent that the main rivals of the once-dominant Red Bull team – Ferrari, McLaren, and Mercedes – have significantly closed the gap.

“Max (Verstappen) is lucky to have built such a buffer early in the season,” even admits Jan Lammers, the boss of the Dutch GP.

“At the moment, McLaren appears to be the most consistent. When we look back after Barcelona next weekend, I will be very curious to see who, in our opinion, will win this championship. It’s no longer as clear that it will be Max. It could well be McLaren.”

The turning point may be partly due to the latest innovations in front wings. Since Imola, there have been quite lively discussions in the paddock about these wings.

Red Bull claims that the McLaren wing in particular bends far too much. Ferrari’s does as well. And now, Mercedes F1 has joined the movement with its flexibility since the new iteration introduced in Monaco.

Indeed, the new Mercedes F1 wing made its debut on George Russell’s car in the Principality, before Lewis Hamilton also received the updated package in Montreal – where the silver cars impressed.

“It has provided more performance, made driving easier, given a good balance, and made the car a friend of the driver rather than having to fight with it,” revealed Technical Director James Allison.

“It was a problem for us at the start of the season.”

According to Red Bull consultant Dr. Helmut Marko, the team is not focusing on the front wing but on how the ultra-stiff car struggles to handle bumps and curbs.

“But these wings are becoming a topic. We have raised some doubts about what our rivals are doing. It remains to be seen if the FIA will react to this.”

FIA's Response Awaited on F1 Wing Controversy

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