“We strongly disagree”– McLaren and Mercedes have different objectives in mind when speaking about the F1 bending wings fiasco.
McLaren and Mercedes have voiced actively participated in the “bendy” wings fiasco, which blew up amidst the Monaco Grand Prix, yet both teams have different targets in mind regarding it.
In McLaren’s case, their team principal Andreas Seidl is not convinced that the teams allegedly violating the flexibility limitation of components will be allowed to use it until the next two races.
“They had the advantage already for several races, which is something we’re obviously not happy with. But now allowing them to have further advantage for some more races is clearly something we strongly disagree and we’re already in conversation with FIA,” he said.
Despite all of this, McLaren is less concerned about Red Bull’s footage of bending wings than Ferrari using the same technology, as both McLaren and Ferrari are vying for third place.
Ferrari already making amendments.
Ferrari, aware of the possible consequences, have initiated their transformation, as confirmed by Mattia Binotto, ahead of the proposed test by FIA.
“We will need to adapt slightly,” he said, “but I don’t think it’s impacting Ferrari much. Certainly on the lap time from what we’ve seen, very, very little.
“There are some redesigns just needed which need to be carried over somehow to comply fully to the technical directive. Again, I think that, as Ferrari, it’s not impacting us much but still, a redesign is required.”
The teams voicing against the flexible winds are not concerned with the Monaco Grand Prix but view a disadvantage at the Baku City Circuit, which features several long straights and the second-highest top speed of the year.
Thus, the complaining parties wanted a solution by then, and Mercedes have already posed a legal threat.