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Horner: Questions about RB6 legality 'added motivation'

Far from frustrating Red Bull Racing, team principal Christian Horner warns rivals that the incessant queries about the legality of the RB6 will only serve to spur the F1 2010 pace-setters on
Christian Horner has warned Red Bull Racing's F1 2010 rivals and detractors that their constant sniping about the perceived illegality of the RB6's design will only act as 'added motivation' for the energy drinks-backed outfit to claim both world championship trophies this year.

Having staved off accusations that its Adrian Newey-penned challenger was employing some kind of outlawed active ride-height suspension earlier this season – a claim subsequently dismissed by FIA investigations – there have recently been repeated suspicions that Red Bull's new flexible front wing is flexing rather too much at high-speed, causing McLaren-Mercedes and Mercedes Grand Prix to lobby the FIA for a more stringent load test to be conducted, pressure to which the sport's governing body has now bowed [see separate story – click here].

The concerns have been raised due to the RB6's peerless raw pace – as evinced by either Sebastian Vettel or team-mate Mark Webber setting pole position for all-bar-one of the twelve grands prix to-date this year – and particularly the car's sheer margin of dominance at both Silverstone and the Hungaroring of late, on both occasions lapping some seven-or-eight tenths of a second out-of-reach of anybody else.

World championship leader Webber has already suggested that RBR's adversaries would be better-served by looking to try to improve their own contenders rather than perpetually seeking to find fault with the F1 2010 pace-setter [see separate story – click here] – and the Milton Keynes-based squad's team principal Horner agrees, underlining the fact that the car has consistently passed FIA scrutineering and that the level of success is simply testament to ingenuity, hard work and playing to the RB6's strengths.

“I think our guys will take it as added motivation,” the Englishman is quoted as having said by ITV-F1. “When you've got a quick car it's inevitable that people will question, why is it so quick? One week it's one item, the next week it's another item.

“I think that under Adrian's leadership the whole technical team, the whole production team and all the members of the team are doing an unbelievable job. There will be circuits that play to other teams' advantages, and we've had to exploit our advantage which has obviously been the chassis [in Hungary].”

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August 06, 2010 1:54 PM
Last Edited 2515 days ago

So let me get this straight. Mclaren and Mercedes and for that matter the FIA are now going to question the legality of the flex wing. A wing that has already passed the FIA's load/deflection test. And they are going to do this mid season? The idea as I have read it is to change the load/deflection test by adding more weight? And the accusation/assumption is that RBR is not playing by the rules? Looks to me like Mclaren, Mercedes and the FIA are not playing by the rules. You dont change them mid-season just because some of the other teams cant keep up. Unbelievable!


August 07, 2010 7:24 AM
Last Edited 2514 days ago

@Theo, I thought about what happened to Luizzi when I read your post. His nose cone came flying off in that last accident he had. Along with the nose flying off, his left/right front tire(cant remember sorry) detached as well(tether compromised due to design?) Anyways, it makes me think they might have been trying to flex the wing through the nose cone. This thinking would support your fear? Yes/no? Dont know and I am in no condition to think that hard but I will say this, there is no way you are going to get those endplates to "bridge the gap" by compromising the security of the nose cone. It will be an 18 on deflection, RBR wins in the end. LOL Ed :p :)

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