“There needs to be action here this weekend”– McLaren boss Andreas Seidl demands action against flex-wing violators in Baku.
McLaren, along with Mercedes and Aston Martin, is up against the other teams on the grid who are using the “flex-wing”, which apparently creating excessive bend on the rear wings than required.
Therefore, McLaren’s boss Andreas Seidl has demanded actions against the teams who will once again be caught in footages like in Barcelona, starting this controversy.
“From our point of view, if we see deflections again like we have seen in Barcelona, there needs to be action here this weekend. How this action will look like in the paddock, I don’t know yet,” said Seidl.
Meanwhile, Seidl has been satisfied by FIA’s stance on the situation but disappointed with no immediate pull-back tests, which would only happen after Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
“We’re happy with all the actions FIA has put in place with the technical directive, even with the update of the technical directive,” he further added.
“The only thing we are still not happy with, and that’s the point of the discussion, is why do you let teams that benefited already for several races, with a car that has not been in the regulations, to keep using these devices.”
Should look at the intent
Seidl agrees that absolute rigidity in the wings is not viable for any team. Still, he counters this point by stating that FIA shall consider the intent of designs before disallowing any technology.
“It is not just the deflection that you see, but in the end what is important is for the FIA to look into how does this deflection get created,” he explained.
“If this deflection gets created by a design that is clearly done for passing the test which is in the regulations, then is creating excessive deflection, on purpose, that’s obviously not within 3.8 [of the rules that bans moveable aerodynamic devices].”