Whiting clears Red Bull over flexi-rubber wing

21 November, 2012

(L to R): Christian Horner (GBR) Red Bull Racing Team Principal and Charlie Whiting (GBR) FIA Delegate. Formula One World Championship, Rd6, Monaco Grand Prix, Race Day, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Sunday 27 May 2012.Nov.21 (GMM) The FIA’s technical chief Charlie Whiting has played down claims that Red Bull has pushed the rules further than any rival with its supposedly flexible rubber-like front wing.

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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  • Steve Maximus

    Yeah but Weber’s front wing flex going over the curbs, also caught on video, was not normal.

  • Disgusted with 2012

    The wings passed tech and flex testing. If they were as rubbery as being made out here by rabid anti-RBR zealots, the only explanation remaining is that the FIA is in RBRs pocket, and that all other teams are falling in line and not protesting…. because… what? Red Bull is more powerful than Ferrari, who have no motivation at all to put them out?… yeah… right. Or… it could be that Weber’s wing movement is normal, and would have been seen on other cars, had comparison video been made available. Conveniently, all that is posted is a singular vantage point in support of an Italian magazines cry of foul against a team beating up on the home team. Pumped up conspiracy by a magazine… or FIA / RB collusion conspiracy… hmmmmm, which one to believe.

  • Steve Maximus

    I’ve seen lots of videos of wings reacting to going over curbs and nothing looks like Weber’s wig did. Plus the wing flex test was changed straight after that video came out. Coincidence?

  • Disgusted with 2012

    The wing flex test was changed Oct 4th, just prior to Japan, 4 races prior to Abu Dahbi, where the referenced video was from. The test revision was in reaction to accusations that McLaren and Red Bull had trick setups that passed the test, but were out of technical specification. Both passed (and are passing) the new test. Nothing has changed in testing since. Bottom line: Until there are videos showing different cars over the same exact curbing, there is no way to objectively determine if some difference actually exists. Then, the question becomes – so what, they all passed inspection, who cares what the video looks like.

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