Flexing rear wings discovered: 'Red Bull Racing's drops 3 centimeters'

10-08-2020 16:17 | Updated: 10-08-2020 20:31
by GPblog.com
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Flexing rear wings discovered: 'Red Bull Racing's drops 3 centimeters'

During the second Grand Prix at the Silverstone circuit last weekend, the rear of the Mercedes W11 came into view frequently. The direction wanted to show the wear and tear on the tyres of Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton, but journalist Franco Nugnes and artist Giorgio Piola of Motorsport.com noticed something else.

The FIA has been struggling with the teams for over a decade and a half over flexing wings. Every time the FIA seems to have found a test to prevent this, we see wings sagging at high speed again after a while. This is a very efficient way to gain top speed without losing downward pressure in the curves.

Mercedes certainly isn't the only one

The guys from Motorsport.com noticed last weekend at the Mercedes that the rear wing 'snaps' above a certain speed with a rather abrupt movement to the inside of the corner and thus follows the rolling movement of the car. At Ferrari and Red Bull Racing a similar system would be present, which causes the rear wing to drop as much as three centimetres on the RB16.

If these cars have passed the tests for sagging the rear wing and are therefore just legal. Nevertheless, this is something the FIA will want to eliminate quickly for safety reasons and so the expectation is that they will come this week with a new directive of the regulations

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