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2021 F1

F1 Wings Battle Heating Up in Baku

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2021 F1 car Flexi wing questions heating up at Baku as competitors disappointed with the FIA’s delayed test schedule. Mercedes and McLaren strongly oppose the Red Bull Flexi-rear wing usage.

At the same time, Red Bull points the finger back at Mercedes W12’s front wing. Mercedes has reacted by saying that the Red Bull front wings are the same and could also be protested.

Initially, Lewis Hamilton raises the Red Bull flexi rear wing violation. The Brit claims Red Bull gained their cars three-tenths of a second per lap in Barcelona, which would be extra advantageous in the Baku street circuit with its long straight [2.2 kilometers]. Mercedes emphasize the video evidence showing the entire structure of the wing flexing downwards on the straights, providing an aerodynamic advantage.

The rules (Article 3.8 of the Technical Regulations specifically) dictate that all components influencing a car’s aerodynamic performance – such as front and rear wings – must be “rigidly secured to the entirely sprung part of the car” and “remain immobile in relation to the sprung part of the car”.

In other words, moveable (or flexible) aerodynamic devices are not allowed – save for the DRS – because in theory they can offer a performance gain.

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff labeled the technical directive “half-baked”, saying the delay in introducing the new tests created “a legal vacuum and leaves the door open for protests”.

“It is incomprehensible that within four weeks, you can’t stiffen up a rear wing for the track that is probably most affected by a flexible rear wing,” said Wolff in Monaco.

“It leaves us in no-mans-land because the technical directive says that the movement of some rear wings has been judged as excessive,” he stated.

“Delaying the introduction for whatever reason leaves us in a legal vacuum and leaves the door open for protests. It’s not only us but probably two other teams that are most affected, maybe more.

“And then probably a protest could end up in the ICA [The FIA’s International Court of Appeal], and that is a messy situation that can take weeks before we have a result, and we should not have ended in this situation.”

Red Bull, Ferrari and Alpine bosses admitted they would have to “slightly adapt” their cars to pass the new F1 tests from June 15.

Red Bull boss Christian Horner told Sky F1: “The car passes all the legality tests and that’s what the car has to do. So they’ve changed the test, and that’s well within the rights of the FIA to do, so we will have to modify the components to make sure they meet the new test.

“I don’t think ‘spirit of the rules’ exists. It’s either black or it’s white, it either complies with the rules or it doesn’t. And that’s how you design your cars. It’s difficult to quantify,” he added. “But I’d be surprised if it was a tenth.”

McLaren Team Principal Andreas Seidl also hits out the Red Bull’s illegal flexible rear wing advantages. He told reporters it was pretty clear what was going on with rival’s (Red Bull) cars at the previous race in Barcelona.

“We strongly disagree with the timing of the introduction,” Seidl said.

“For us there is no reason why it has been delayed for a further two races and give the guys that have designed their cars in order to have these fl exi-wings two more races to have the benefit of it, because from our point of view, what these guys are using is clearly against the regulations.

“We are having dialogue with the FIA at the moment and it’s a good opportunity for the FIA to show a strong hand here and not accept this anymore from today onwards.”

Attack over Mercedes front wing

Video of the Mercedes’ W12 from the Emilia Romagna GP seemed to indicate the team’s front wing flaps moving up and down.

“It’s a competitive business,” said Horner. “You’ve only got to look a bit of the footage from Imola, when we’re talking about flexibility, I think it’s very unfair to point it at one direction at the rear of the car when you should also perhaps be looking at the front of the car.

“I think if the camera was facing the other way on our rivals’ side they’d be having the same discussion with you, 100%.”

Wolff responded “will need to modify our wing, we will need to soften it.”

“Our wing is extremely rigid, complying to the famous article 3.8 that it must remain immobile,” he added.

“The new test that has been introduced is a half-baked solution which is giving us an opportunity, so the whole thing can soften and can bend more in the future.

“We had a flexible wing situation last summer without receiving any feedback and we understand some of the teams’ frustration that when making the concept of this year’s car, that was an area that should have been tackled much earlier.”

2022 F1

F1 Championship Points Standing – After Imola GP

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2022 F1 Drivers Championship Standing after F1 Emilia Romagna GP

Pos Driver Team Points
1Charles LeclercFerrari86
2Max VerstappenRed Bull59
3Sergio PerezRed Bull54
4George RussellWilliams49
5Carlos SainzFerrari38
6Lando NorrisMcLaren35
7Lewis HamiltonMercedes28
8Valtteri BottasMercedes24
9Esteban OconAlpine20
10Kevin MagnussenHaas15
11Daniel RicciardoMcLaren11
12Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri10
13Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri6
14Fernando AlonsoAlpine2
15Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo1
16Alex AlbonWilliams1
17Lance StrollAston Martin1
18Mick SchumacherHaas0
19Sebastian VettelAston Martin0
20Nicholas LatifiWilliams0

2022 F1 Teams Championship Standing after F1 Imola Emilia Romagna GP

Pos Team Points
1Ferrari124
2Red Bull113
3Mercedes77
4McLaren46
5Alfa Romeo25
6Alpine22
7AlphaTauri16
8Haas15
9Aston Martin5
10Williams1

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Race results – F1 Imola Emilia Romagna GP

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Defending world champion Max Verstappen has won at Imola for the second season in a row ahead of his teammate Sergio Perez, Red Bull made 1-2 finish as leaders Ferrari’s home Grand Prix turned into a terrible for the Italian outfit.

Pos Driver Team LapsTimePoints
1Max VerstappenRed Bull631:32:07.98626
2Sergio PerezRed Bull63+16.527s18
3Lando NorrisMcLaren63+34.834s15
4George RussellMercedes63+42.506s12
5Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo63+43.181s10
6Charles LeclercFerrari63+56.072s8
7Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri63+61.110s6
8Sebastian VettelAston Martin63+70.892s4
9Kevin Magnussen Haas63+75.260s2
10Lance StrollAston Martin62+1 lap1
11Alex Albon Williams62+1 lap0
12Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri62+1 lap0
13Lewis HamiltonMercedes62+1 lap0
14Esteban OconAlpine62+1 lap0
15Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo62+1 lap0
16Nicholas LatifiWilliams62+1 lap0
17Mick SchumacherHaas62+1 lap0
18Daniel RicciardoMcLaren62+1 lap0
19Fernando AlonsoAlpine6DNF0
20Carlos SainzFerrari0DNF0

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2022 F1

Hamilton and Wolff spotted in heated conversation after Imola disaster

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Lewis Hamilton 2022 F1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix

During Emilia Romagna Grand Prix post qualifying session, Sir Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff was seen engaging in a heated conversation, the Brit was eliminated from Q2 on Friday.

Bothe Hamilton and Wolff be found to be holding heated conversations in the Mercedes garage just after the Brit crashed out of Q2 at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. It was another poor results, which was resulted P13 in for sprint race at Imola.

On the incident with Wolff, Hamilton said: “It’s all internal stuff. I’d rather not share that. But yeah we’ll keep working, it is what it is. Each weekend is a rescue.

“It wasn’t a great session. Yeah. Naturally, it’s disappointing. We came here with optimism and we know everyone is working really hard at the factory and when things don’t come together it’s disappointing. I think we under-performed as a team today.

“There are things that we should have done and didn’t do. Anyway, we will work as hard as we can to move up in the sprint race. Hopefully tomorrow is better, weather-wise, and who knows, maybe we can work our way forwards.”

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FRI DEC 03 FP2 20:00 - 21:00
SAT DEC 04 FP3 17:00 - 18:00
SAT DEC 04 QUALI 20:00 - 21:00
SUN DEC 05 RACE 20:30 - 23:30

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