F1 groups have been engaged in debate over the steadiness of rear wings for the reason that Spanish Grand Prix, when Lewis Hamilton handed remark about Crimson Bull operating a “flexible wing”.
The FIA has since moved to clamp down on the flexi-wings by introducing new rigidity tests that can come into drive from the French Grand Prix.
However Mercedes and McLaren have been left sad that the FIA had not launched the checks sooner, that means groups comparable to Crimson Bull, Ferrari and Alfa Romeo might nonetheless make the most of the rule loophole in Azerbaijan subsequent week.
Mercedes group principal Wolff warned in Monaco that F1 was heading for a “very messy” scenario if the FIA didn’t situation clarification earlier than the Baku weekend, indicating the case might lead to a protest.
However Crimson Bull advisor Marko felt the FIA had made it clear when the brand new checks would come into drive, and indicated Crimson Bull might look to counter-protest Mercedes over the flexibleness of its entrance wing.
“We discover this a bit unusual,” Marko mentioned in an exclusive interview with Autosport’s sister publication Formel1.de.
“The FIA has determined that the principles for the take a look at, particularly for the torsion resistance, shall be modified. It will apply from Paul Ricard onwards. That may be a very clear assertion and regulation.
“If Mr Wolff thinks that’s too late for him – for my part, it’s nonetheless the FIA that determines the process. If he does that [protest], he’s free to take action.
“However I feel he must also have a look at his entrance wings. As a result of on ServusTV and likewise on Sky, there was a recording the place you noticed how drastically this entrance wing approaches the bottom.”
Helmut Marko, Advisor, Crimson Bull Racing, Toto Wolff, Govt Director Mercedes AMG F1
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Requested if Crimson Bull might protest in opposition to Mercedes’ entrance wing, Marko mentioned: “Proper.”
It isn’t the primary time that Crimson Bull has made reference to the flexibleness of the entrance wing on Mercedes’ W12 F1 automotive amid the continued saga.
Wolff mentioned on Sky Sports activities final weekend that Mercedes had checked its entrance wing and located it was “bending precisely the identical means because the Crimson Bull”, and that the groups “could possibly be protesting one another on the entrance wing additionally”.
Wolff added: “But it surely’s clear that the rear wing bends greater than it ought to. Beneath the principles, it has been categorised as non conformance.”
Marko mentioned Crimson Bull had been pressured to make related modifications to its automotive again in 2012 and 2013 when stricter checks have been launched, however mentioned they have been at all times carried out in accordance with deadlines.
“We needed to make enhancements every time,” Marko mentioned. “A deadline was set and we made enhancements inside this era. That may be a regular course of.
“In the meanwhile, we’re on the street with a authorized automotive. And at Paul Ricard, we are going to put a corresponding reinforcement on our rear wing.”
Marko did acknowledge that the controversy over flexi-wings was “not championship-deciding” within the battle between Crimson Bull and Mercedes, with the groups separated by only one level on the high of the constructors’ standings.