“It won’t be a game-changer”– Alfa Romeo boss Frederic Vasseur claims that the Flexi wings in Azerbaijan wouldn’t make a huge difference.
Mercedes has threatened to stage a protest if teams with the Flexi wings, especially Red Bull, appear in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix with the same machinery.
However, Frederic Vasseur- Alfa Romeo, team principal, has claimed that the teams don’t have any significant advantage with the Flexi wings for Azerbaijan.
“We have to be serious with the wings, that it won’t be a game-changer at all,” Vasseur said, quoted by Motorsport.com. “I think with Ferrari, we showed that on this kind of layout [in Monaco] we are performing. Perhaps that it will be the same in Azerbaijan.”
“In Azerbaijan you have two different parts of the track. You have the city, and the philosophy of this part of the track is quite close to Monaco. And then you have the 2.5 kilometres or something like this of straights. This will be probably a bit more difficult, but it is like it is.”
The timing is wrong
Last time, Vasseur angrily reacted to the announcement to curtail the excessive flexibility in the wings. Even on this day, he believes that its timing is absolutely wrong.
“I’m not writing the rules, the FIA did it, then we designed the car with the rules published,” Vasseur said. “We have to go to the limit on every single area.”
“This is the philosophy of the F1. And this is the philosophy of every single team, and that [is like that] in terms of weight, for the design and on every single topic we have to go to the limit.”
“And suddenly, I don’t know the reason – perhaps just because that one team [Mercedes] started to complain one week ago – we had a new technical directive.”