“He should also look at his front wings” – Red Bull senior advisor Helmut Marko has threatened to protest against Mercedes’ front wing if they protest against Red Bull’s ‘bendy’ rear wings.
The front wing – rear wing saga is rumbling on, with Red Bull and Mercedes firmly at loggerheads. As things stand, Mercedes and McLaren are expected to protest against Red Bull’s rear wings during the Azerbaijan GP weekend.
Here is Mercedes’ flexi front wing in action a few weeks ago in Portugal.
If Mercedes bring a formal complaint to the stewards for Red Bull’s rear wing, the team from Milton Keynes will be ready to defend themselves and reply
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This hasn’t pleased Red Bull one bit, and senior advisor Dr. Helmut Marko has threatened to lodge a similar protest against Mercedes’ front wing. With Mercedes boss Toto Wolff also hinting at a protest against Red Bull’s front wing, the saga will likely rumble on for quite a bit.
“We find this a bit strange,” Marko was heard speaking to Formel1.de.
“The FIA has decided that the rules for the test, especially for the torsion resistance, will be changed. This will apply from Paul Ricard onwards. That is a very clear statement and regulation.
“We had to make improvements each time. A deadline was set and we made improvements within this period. That is a normal process.
“At the moment, we are on the road with a legal car. And at Paul Ricard, we will put a corresponding reinforcement on our rear wing.
“If Mr. Wolff thinks that is too late for him – in my opinion, it is still the FIA that determines the procedure. If he does that [protest], he is free to do so.
“But I think he should also look at his front wings. Because on ServusTV and also on Sky, there was a recording where you saw how drastically this front wing approaches the ground.”