The fight for the title of the F1 between Mercedes y Red Bull already has its first round: The German team claims that its Austrian rival violates the technical regulations for using a flexible spoiler which allows you to be up to three tenths faster.
"Their car was gaining three tenths on the straights due to the new flexible spoiler they have added.", shot the english Lewis Hamilton after the dutch Max Verstappen be only 36/1000 of his pole in the last Spanish Grand Prix.
The response from Max's team was not long in coming and it was the same Christian horner, its responsible, who dispelled any possibility of illegality. “The car has gone through all the tests and the FIA is satisfied. In fact they have published a statement in which they argue "He said.
That statement from the International Automobile Federation referenced in the Article 3.8: "The components that influence the aerodynamic performance of the car must be rigidly secured to the fully suspended part of the car and remain immobile in relation to the suspended part of the car." For Horner, "Rigidly insured means they have no degree of freedom."
To prevent the blood from reaching the river, the FIA confirmed that new load deflection tests will be introduced. "We have learned of some cases where rear designs that meet the requirements of articles 3.9.3 and 3.9.4 exhibit excessive deflections while the cars are in motion." said Nicholas Tombazis, technical head of single-seaters of the entity.
“We will be attentive to any abnormal behavior in the deformation of the rear wing. In particular we will not tolerate any persistent out-of-plane deformation that can be achieved to circumvent the symmetrical load applied in load deflection tests ”, said.
The new verification method will only be applied from June 15 on the eve of Grand Prix of France, eighth date of the tournament.