FIA Fulfills Red Bull’s Demands Regarding Mercedes’ F1 Rear Wings With Latest Update

Published 11/21/2021, 4:53 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 26, 2021 Mercedes’ Team Principal Toto Wolff with Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Red Bull boss Christian Horner is busy as a beaver raising concerns over Mercedes’ rear wing. The Briton has been very critical of the “mind-boggling” speed W-12s have showcased down the straight at Interlagos.

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In a welcome update for the Red Bull, FIA has introduced new rear wings tests after the qualifying in Qatar. This is done with an intention of gathering new technical information to revise the criteria in the future.

Christian Horner is delighted by this development

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The Milton Keynes team boss has been pretty vocal about the enormous speed Mercedes have been generating down the straights at least for the last two weekends.

“If we believe the car is not in compliance, we will protest. The straight line speeds that we’ve seen in Mexico and in Brazil, I mean, I think everybody could see Brazil was not a normal situation,” said the Briton in the FIA press conference.

After lobbying around the issue, FIA has finally decided to have a further look into it.

“The tests you have heard about are intended to gather information and do not form part of the regulatory requirements, but rather could lead to new criteria being applied in the future. We will be reviewing these tests with the Technical Group,” the FIA spokesperson told Motorsport.”

Wolff believes FIA are happy with the legality of W-12s

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says he is not concerned with new tests in the parc ferme. “If you’re led by scepticism because someone told you something and you expect that to be the root cause, you should go for it [and protest],” he said, as reported by Express UK.

“So this particular wing…the FIA has all the drawings of it. This wing that Red Bull is talking about doesn’t exist. We are happy to send it. You can take it apart. I’m also happy to send one to Milton Keynes.” added the Austrian.

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Wolff sits comfortably with the fact that their car has been checked 14 times this year. Meanwhile, Christian Horner is not in a mood to let any discrepancies in Mercedes slide away. The Briton is of the opinion that Mercedes will carry a huge advantage in Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi with their current rear wing suspension.

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And given that the championship battle is nearing a gripping end, that is not something Red Bull can afford.

Read Also- Why Are Max Verstappen, Valtteri Bottas & Carlos Sainz Under Threat of a Grid Penalty for Qatar GP?

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Rituraj Tripathi

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Rituraj Tripathi is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. A true lover of speed, he is big fan of Lewis Hamilton and finds a future world champion in Lando Norris. Rituraj eagerly looks forward to the paddock moving to the Circuit de Monaco, and he finds Portier corner as the most exciting part of the track.

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