Whiting clears Red Bull over flexi-rubber wing
21 November, 2012
Video footage of a mechanic removing Sebastian Vettel’s damaged front nose during a recent pitstop caused alarm in the F1 paddock, as the nose appeared to bend, flex and twist as though it was made of rubber.
Reports suggested that the team, led on the technical front by so-called ‘F1 genius’ Adrian Newey, had pushed the envelope further than ever in the realm of flexible parts.
Subsequent reports also claimed that the Red Bull RB 8′s nose actually behaved quite normally, given the qualities of the tips of F1 cars’ noses for the FIA crash-test requirements.
Indeed, Charlie Whiting is quoted by Italy’s Autosprint: “What happened with Vettel in Abu Dhabi was an extreme case, because the mechanic grabbed the nose and gave it a twist.
“I am sure that would also happen on any other car,” he added.
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