Crimson Bull raised issues concerning the legality of Mercedes’ rear wing design final weekend in Brazil after noting Lewis Hamilton’s straightline velocity benefit over the remainder of the sector, resulting in rising tensions between the title-fighting groups.
Crimson Bull F1 boss Christian Horner claimed on Friday that marks subsequent to the primary airplane on the Mercedes rear wing have been “from wings which were flexing”, and signalled that his team was ready to lodge a protest.
Horner requested Mercedes counterpart Wolff throughout Friday’s FIA press convention how he would clarify the rating marks, to which Wolff replied: “I feel it is inside what’s allowed.”
Mercedes trackside engineering director Andrew Shovlin stated the group had “invited the FIA to have a look at it as a lot as they need”, and that the officers “haven’t any situation with what we have”.
Wolff was requested on Saturday by Autosport about photographs of the rear wing that Crimson Bull claimed confirmed the rating marks, however brushed it off as being “a ghost”.
“I do not know the place they obtained this photograph from and what it really exhibits,” Wolff stated.
“It is a ghost.”
Toto Wolff, Crew Principal and CEO, Mercedes AMG
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The FIA confirmed on Saturday in Qatar that it had introduced additional load tests for rear wings from after qualifying as a part of a fact-finding mission that “don’t type a part of the regulatory necessities”.
Horner welcomed the assessments and stated they have been doing their job, claiming that Mercedes’ straightline velocity was “beneath management” and “all of the sudden in-line” with Crimson Bull.
In Brazil qualifying, Hamilton’s highest velocity entice determine was 327.5 km/h, in comparison with 318.3 km/h for Verstappen. Hamilton hit 323.9 km/h in Qatar qualifying, with Verstappen reaching 320.5 km/h.
“The observe right here is much less power-sensitive, apparently, and I feel they’ve simply performed a superb job,” Wolff stated, explaining the straightline velocity.
“Their straightline velocity with the large wing is equivalent to ours. So yeah, I am completely happy that they’re completely happy.
“Let’s go to Saudi Arabia and perhaps we’ll hear some feedback once more. In a manner, the debates which are being kicked off or launched, I can not comply with any extra.
“We’re struggling to maintain up with commenting the rumours which are being constituted of that facet.”
Requested if he thought Horner’s feedback might point out that the specter of a protest had been averted, Wolff stated: “It could possibly be, I do not know what they’re planning on doing.
“As I stated earlier than, I am unable to comply with up, I am unable to in a manner comply with the considering. It appears erratic.
“However that is OK. I do not need to even put any extra oil within the flames. We’re attempting to have a look at ourselves, attempting to do the very best job.
“We’re nonetheless on the again foot with 14 factors, we have to do a superb race tomorrow. That’s what counts.”