Not for the primary time this season, Crimson Bull’s mechanics may as soon as once more be seen fixing an issue with the DRS actuator and mechanism throughout second follow in Qatar on Friday night.
The failure is well identifiable when the automobile is out on monitor, because the rear wing’s high flap begins oscillating at excessive velocity when the DRS is lively. In Qatar FP2 it was Sergio Perez’s automobile that was affected and he misplaced monitor time within the pits whereas repairs have been made.
Not solely has this led to break to the actuator and mechanism however over the course of the previous couple of races it has required the staff to repair and patch up the rear wing on a number of events, as cracks have appeared in numerous areas on the wing because of the stress induced.
This will simply be right down to the components coming in the direction of the tip of their lifecycle, one thing that’s grow to be extra of a difficulty for the groups this yr because of the expanded calendar and dealing towards the backdrop of a value cap.
Nevertheless, it might even be right down to the staff pushing the envelope with its wing set-up to search out additional efficiency from the DRS, all whereas having to work throughout the bounds of this yr’s homologation system.
The DRS – or rear wing adjuster because it’s referred to within the technical laws – was one of many components frozen going into 2021, with solely two choices allowed to be homologated to account for various downforce ranges.
Photograph by: Giorgio Piola
With the intention to redesign these for 2021, a staff could be required to spend a improvement token, which Crimson Bull didn’t do, because it spent the 2 at its disposal on a brand new gearbox provider.
On this case it’s fully possible this downside will persist for the rest of the season, because the staff primarily has to work with what it has, whereas on the lookout for these small nuggets of efficiency.
However talking to Sky Sports activities F1’s Martin Brundle forward of the race at Interlagos final weekend, Mercedes’ Toto Wolff known as out Crimson Bull for making these repeated wing fixes beneath parc ferme circumstances in America, Mexico and Brazil.
However the FIA’s Michael Masi has since denied there was any favouritism or preferential treatment afforded to Red Bull on the matter.
“From our perspective, we deal with each single request equally, constantly, have a look at each single one,” mentioned Masi. “The factor is, if we see that one thing is let’s name it systematic with the staff over various occasions, then we ask them to make everlasting modifications to that half.
“There’s an entire lot of issues that go into it. So no, I do not suppose there’s any inconsistency in any respect.”