Lewis Hamilton: Another Technical Directive Coming Red Bull’s Way to ‘Level the Playing Field’

Published 06/28/2021, 4:23 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria – June 24, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the press conference Pool via REUTERS/Christian Bruna


Red Bull and their flexi-wings have, for a while now, been a controversial topic in F1. And Lewis Hamilton once again highlighted this issue after Silver Arrows lost back-to-back four races – the first time since the beginning of the hybrid era in 2014.

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Max Verstappen won his third race at Red Bull Ring by a whopping 35-second margin over the reigning champion. Hamilton was 18 seconds adrift of the Dutch, which doubled up in the latter stages of the race. The Mercedes driver opted to pit again in order to secure the bonus point for the fastest lap.

Both Mercedes and the Briton are adamant on getting the FIA to take action on their concerns over the Austrian team‘s flexi-wings.

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The authorities have already issued a technical directive once earlier this season in reaction to the identical left-rear tire failure for Lance Stroll and Max Verstappen in Baku, and the Hamilton they would and issue another TD (technical directive) in order to ‘level the playing field.’

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What did Lewis Hamilton say?

In the post-race press conference, the seven-time world champion was asked whether he had made his peace with the fact that Mercedes won’t be able to catch Red Bull on car development.

Hamilton replied, “Well, I don’t accept anything. I think we’ve still got many races ahead of us and we’ve got to keep pushing. We’re World Champions and that’s what we can, definitely, improve if we have put our minds to it.”

Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – June 27, 2021. Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton after finishing second in the race Pool via REUTERS/Darko Vojinovic.

The Briton further added, “But there’s another TD (technical directive) coming out for the wings. I don’t know if they’re stopping the bendiness or not but maybe that will level the playing field. We will see.”

Toto Wolff admits Mercedes have stopped developing their car

With F1 switching to an all-new car concept from next year, F1 teams have had to decide between upgrading their current car or developing the new car for the next season in order to reserve resources.

And it seems Silver Arrows have joined Ferrari in not making any further developments this year and focusing on 2022 instead.

“The first race really in eight years where you’re just lacking the pace, where you see that we have stopped developing for this year because we believe the next years are so important to get it right,” said Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff.

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Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Styria, Austria – June 26, 2021. Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during practice REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger.

“We are having new regulations not only for next year but for years to come, a completely different car concept, and you’ve got to choose the right balance.”

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Can Mercedes turn their fortunes around at the Austrian Grand Prix? Or have they given up on 2021 for good? Let us know in the comments section below.

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