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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.”

2021 F1

Mercedes has been weird since Silverstone – Red Bull

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Mercedes Benz - 2021 Turkish GP

Red Bull Racing ace Max Verstappen leads the 2021 F1 world championship ahead of seven-time F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton. But in the constructor’s championship Mercedes leads ahead of nearest rival Red Bull Racing. Mercedes decided some time ago to stop the development of this 2021 F1 car. The Silver-arrows now focus on 2022, when the regulation widely change.

But Mercedes have been doubted with the rival Red Bull asking a curious development in their F1 championship battle. In the first-half this season Red Bull shows the consistent pace, but recent some races Mercedes heavily improves their performance.

Red Bull F1 team advisor Helmut Marko claims that Mercedes have made great improvements by continuing to boost their speed. He also admitted the team put “more downforce on the rear wing” than Red Bull, but believes something has been “weird” with Toto Wolff’s men since British Grand Prix.

Marko told F1-Insider.com: “I don’t think Mercedes did anything illegal.

“But something has been weird since Silverstone. So, it is now up to us to research why they are suddenly so fast. Is it just the engine or something else?

“We now have to workday and night to uncover its secret and then counter it. As quickly as possible. It is up to us.”

“If the differences in performance remain the same as in Istanbul, we will have a problem.

“Of the six racetracks, only the courses in Mexico and Sao Paulo play a part in our cards because of their altitude. At the moment the rest clearly seems to be Mercedes-Land.”

2021 F1 title is set to go to the wire – Toto Wolff

“I don’t think you can say that with absolute conviction,” Wolff said. “I believe we have a really good package now.

“The car is competitive and was very competitive [in Turkey] and if it wasn’t for a grid penalty I think we would have had every chance to finish first and second.

“That would have meant eight points more but I’m looking carefully optimistic into the future.”

“Austin [for the United States Grand Prix] is a track we like and is another opportunity but I’m under no illusion this is very much going to go to the end in the drivers’ championship.”

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Championship Standing after Turkish Grand Prix

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Drivers Championship Standing after Turkish Grand Prix

Pos Driver Team Points
1Max VerstappenRed Bull262.5
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes256.5
3Valtteri BottasMercedes177
4Lando NorrisMcLaren145
5Sergio PerezRed Bull135
6Carlos SainzFerrari116.5
7Charles LeclercFerrari116
8Daniel RicciardoMcLaren95
9Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri74
10Fernando AlonsoAlpine58
11Esteban OconAlpine46
12Sebastian VettelAston Martin35
13Lance StrollAston Martin26
14Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri18
15George RussellWilliams16
16Nicholas LatifiWilliams7
17Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo6
18Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo1
19Mick SchumacherHaas0
20Robert KubicaAlfa Romeo0
21Nikita MazepinHaas0

Teams Championship Standing after Turkish Grand Prix

Pos Team Points
1Mercedes433.5
2Red Bull397.5
3McLaren240
4Ferrari232.5
5Alpine104
6AlphaTauri92
7Aston Martin61
8Williams23
9Alfa Romeo7
10Haas0

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Slicks was obviously the wrong decision – Vettel

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Sebastian Vettel 2021 Turkish GP

Sebastian Vettel was the only driver tried to slick compound-race in the damp Istanbul Park circuit for Turkish Grand Prix. Following switch to medium compound the Aston Martin ace had zero grip and too much slower than any other driver.

Following the slick’s huge disadvantage four-time world champion returned to the pits, partial-spinning in the pit entry and then swapping back to the inters. After the incident the German has been takes all responsibility regarding the slick call.

“Together, but in the end I made the decision, I wanted to try it. There was nothing left of the intermediates, I thought the slicks could perform just as well, but I couldn’t run them in and just had no grip. I lost so much time…”, Vettel said to The Race.

“It was worse than I expected. Even if it was a little bit still here and there, or wet – like I said, the main thing is that I couldn’t run the tyre in and then you’re just sliding.”

“But at the time, I don’t know, I was already tempted for a few laps, the inters didn’t get any better. If you looked at the tires, there wasn’t much left of them. They looked like a slick. I think I had reason, but it was obviously the wrong decision”.

“On the inters there was nothing left, I thought the drys could be as good, but I couldn’t run them in and just had no grip, lost so much time, couldn’t make them work. It was worse than I expected”, the German concluded.

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DUTCH GRAND PRIX

Date Session Time
FRI SEP 03 FP1 11:30 - 12:30
FRI SEP 03 FP2 15:00 - 16:00
SAT SEP 04 FP3 12:00 - 13:00
SAT SEP 04 QUALI 15:00 - 16:00
SUN SEP 05 RACE 15:00 - 17:00

Drivers Standings

DriverTeamPts
Lewis HamiltonMercedes105
VerstappenRed Bull101
NorrisMcLaren68
LeclercFerrari52
BottasMercedes47
Sainz Jr.Ferrari42
GaslyAlphaTauri31
PérezRed Bull69
VettelAston Martin28
RicciardoMcLaren26

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