F1 » McLaren won't protest wings, seeks ruling


McLaren and Mercedes have called for assurance that so-called 'flexi-wings' will be permitted long-term before embarking on a development programme.

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raven - Unregistered

August 01, 2010 11:07 AM

I dont think it is Sour grapes they just what to now if they put a flex wing on the not get the rules over turned.I not the FIA but the got be band the redbull on the floor.

107SS2009

August 01, 2010 12:00 PM

mclaren want protest the RBR front wing but seeks clarification and now ruling, what clarification and what ruling do they need? The wing has been declared legal by the FIA this after inspection and bending test's, did anybody asked for a clarification or ruling after the mclaren F DUCT was declared legal by the FIA? they will never change.

Alan D - Unregistered

August 01, 2010 12:22 PM

Sunny, the wing has not been declared legal by the FIA. It has passed the stewards examination. Lots of things pass static scrutineering and are later declared illegal, e.g. Ferrari's original flexi wing, Benneton's mass damper, etc.

See F1 Tech Regs:

3.17.8 In order to ensure that the requirements of Article 3.15 (rigidity requirements) are respected, the FIA reserves the right to introduce further load/deflection tests on any part of the bodywork which appears to be (or is suspected of), moving whilst the car is in motion.

It appears the RBR wing was scraping the floor yesterday. That would be a clear breach of 3.15 and should be clarified.

Alan D - Unregistered

August 01, 2010 12:31 PM

Harry, I don't know that there is a definitive photo of the Red Bull wing dragging on the ground. However, yesterday there was a suggestion that the RBR mechanics were having to clean up the end plate after it had dragged on the track.

For photos which clearly show how much lower the RB wing is see:

www.jamesallenonf1.com/2010/07/photo-exclusive-red-bull-flexi-front-wing-judge-for-yourself/

You can see much more curvature in the Red Bull wing, especially in the bottom two photos. The mid point is at more or less the same height as the Merc wing, but the end plates are right down at track level.

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