F1 » FIA approves Mercedes wing

The FIA has ruled that Mercedes' trick rear wing is within the letter of the F1 law, despite complaints form rival teams.

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March 23, 2012 3:49 AM

The trick may help a qualifying effort but will not save the car under race conditions. This effort seems to be a gimmick. One that the FIA seems to want, as it will add to the SHOW.


March 23, 2012 9:35 AM

For this race they will have plenty of down force for the twisty fast turns (quite a few on this circuit, a detection zone along the back straight (kers and whatever top speed they decide on to remain within one second of the car ahead or ahead of the car behind), and the most efficient drs system for the main straight. Qualifying behind a Mercedes could seriously compromise someones race chances this week end!

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March 23, 2012 9:44 AM

Spot on there, for quali here it could be a huge advantage, and thus the difference between race pace and Q page should be bigger than in Oz. And we know that Schumi is a fierce, fierce defensive driver... He's bound to make some people pi55ed off during the race I think... :P


March 23, 2012 10:36 AM
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rob. hurrah! for once i can agree with you. yes, the ducting is purely a gimmick, but it actually harms the merc. they set up the car to run the duct in quali, when it can be used anytime, but once they start racing, with full downforce from rear wing, they put so much load on the tyres that they are destroying them.
so really the duct is a device for showboating. still it must make daimler ag happy to see their car near the front of the grid at the start. pity they are disappointed at the finish.

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