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Wolff: Aston Martin ‘collateral injury’ in F1 aero cuts towards Mercedes

The FIA moved to cut back downforce on the automobiles for 2021 in a bid to sluggish speeds on security grounds, specializing in guidelines for the design of the flooring of the automobile.

The downforce cuts seem to have hit groups working low-rake automobiles tougher than those that function a high-rake idea, leaving Mercedes and Aston Martin specifically on the again foot.

Aston Martin workforce principal Otmar Szafnauer stated final Friday that he wished to talk to the FIA in regards to the rationale behind the modifications and the involvement of the industrial rights holder within the regulatory course of.

Szafnauer additionally steered he would talk about aerodynamic tweaks for this season with the FIA in a bid to “make it extra equitable” between the low-rake and high-rake groups.

Mercedes F1 workforce boss Wolff stated that Aston Martin had each proper to question why the modifications have been made on security grounds given Pirelli had produced extra sturdy tyre compounds for 2021 to deal with the upper speeds.

However he felt the workforce had additionally fallen foul of the identical cuts that have been additionally probably supposed to harm Mercedes in a bid to cut back its benefit over the sphere.

Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR21, Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes W12, George Russell, Williams FW43B, and Kimi Raikkonen, Alfa Romeo Racing C41

Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR21, Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes W12, George Russell, Williams FW43B, and Kimi Raikkonen, Alfa Romeo Racing C41

Picture by: Zak Mauger / Motorsport Images

“I perceive the subject, due to how the foundations have fallen into place final yr, one can all the time query what the motivation was,” Wolff stated when requested by Autosport about Szafnauer’s feedback.

“I believe there’s all the time definitely the precise to assessment and have a look at issues and talk about them with the FIA, to seek out out what has truly occurred, and the way have issues occurred.

“That’s why I respect Aston Martin’s enquiry into the entire thing. Possibly issues have been focused at us, and they’re collateral injury. So yeah. That’s OK.”

Talking on Sunday evening after the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola, although, Aston Martin chief Szafnauer stated that he was now “fairly glad that each one the proper steps have been adopted” within the rule modifications.

“We’re nonetheless in dialogue,” Szafnauer stated. “We’re simply making an attempt to find what all of the steps have been to make it possible for it was completed correctly, and equitably. In order that’s the rationale for the dialogue.

“We simply need to have a superb understanding of the complete course of and be comfortable that the method is equitable, actually.”

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