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Whiting: Nothing illegal about Red Bull wing

Charlie Whiting insists the front wing on the Red Bull RB7 is legal and not outside the F1 regulations
FIA technical delegate Charlie Whiting has dismissed speculation that Red Bull's front wing could fall foul of regulations that limit the flexing of aerodynamic components fitted to F1 cars.

There had been accusations following the Australian Grand Prix that the front wing on the RB7 had flexed more than allowed, with Lewis Hamilton having been person to question the part after mechanics were seen to be repeatedly fixing the endplates on the wing after they were damaged on the circuit and kerbs.

“Have you seen Vettel's front wing?,” he was quoted as telling Bild newspaper. “Either we close the loophole or everyone will copy it.”

Red Bull had been accused of running a front wing that flexed excessively last season, although the part was cleared by the FIA, with the team believing that accusations from other teams were merely sour grapes as the RB6 stormed to both championship titles.

Following the latest accusations, Whiting has insisted there is nothing untoward with the Red Bull car and dismissed talk they could fall foul of the regulations.

“We have found nothing unusual,” he also told Bild. “The car is in order.”



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F1_Fanatic - Unregistered

March 31, 2011 2:01 PM

This is great news for rival teams. RBR front wing (due to flexing nose), has been photographed scraping on the floor during qualifying and the race. Other teams can now copy this design and also scrape their wing on the race track and ignore the 85mm gap that the FIA say must occur. If other teams can get the same downforce as the RBR team, racing will becoming closer and more exciting to watch.

MotoGP - Unregistered

March 31, 2011 4:02 PM

Whiting's clarification is good news for the other teams - this way when McLaren, Mercedes and Ferrari bring their versions forward he can't stop them. On an equal playing field, Hamilton and Alonso will leave the bulls wallowing in their slipstreams.



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