FIA to increase its scrutiny of 'bendy wings' in F1

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FIA to increase its scrutiny of 'bendy wings' in F1

Lewis Hamilton's comment last weekend in Spain on Red Bull using a 'bendy wing' on its car may well have re-sparked the interest of the FIA on the matter, with the latter set to increase its scrutiny of flexible wings in F1.

In Barcelona, Hamilton contended that the rear wing on Max Verstappen's car was flexing at high speed, potentially decreasing the RB16B's drag on the straights and thus increasing its top speed.

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner admitted to being surprised by the Mercedes driver's comment, ensuring the Milton Keynes-based outfit's car had passed all of F1's stringent load tests.

"Of course, the cars are scrutineered thoroughly and there's pull back tests, and there's all kinds of different tests it has to pass," Horner said.

"The FIA are completely happy with the car, that it has passed all of those tests that are pretty stringent.

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However, F1's governing body has issued to teams a new Technical Directive (TD 18/21) in which it says it will submit rear wings to increased testing constraints from next month's French GP.

The FIA's new anti-flexing tests will involve almost doubling the load applied to both the pullback load and vertical load tests.

“We will be looking out for any anomalous behaviour of the deformation of the rear wing,” said FIA single-seater technical head Nikolas Tombazis.

“In particular, we will not tolerate any persistent out-of-plane deformation that may be contrived to circumvent the symmetrical loading applied in the load deflection tests.

“Should we observe any characteristics that indicate exploitation of this area, we will introduce further load deflection tests as necessary.”

In F1, a flexible wing is considered to be a moving aerodynamic device, something that has been illegal since 1969.

However, in 2011 Red Bull enjoyed a key aero advantage over its rivals by using flexible front wings despite the team's RB7 passing the FIA's load tests.

Red Bull achieved this thanks to a clever optimization of its carbon fibre technology through a specific layering that allowed for a wing to flex while still retaining its strength, and more importantly while passing the FIA's load-to-deflection test with flying colors.

Oddly, despite Hamilton's comments and video footage which appeared to show Verstappen's rear wing flexing at high speed in Spain, both Red Bull's cars were among the slowest on the Circuit de Catalunya's main straight during qualifying.

If Red Bull has somehow once again gained an edge in the flexible wing department, it will retain that advantage in the upcoming three races at Monaco, Baku and Istanbul, while potentially preparing a new-spec design in time for the start of the French GP weekend on June 25.

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Reutemann in stable condition but remains in IC unit after hemorrhage

Former F1 star Carlos Reutemann remains in intensive care in Rosario's Sanatorio Parque clinic but in stable condition... The post Reutemann in stable condition but remains in IC unit after hemorrhage appeared first on F1i.com.

Reutemann in stable condition but remains in IC unit after hemorrhage

Former F1 star Carlos Reutemann remains in intensive care in Rosario's Sanatorio Parque clinic but in stable condition following a procedure undertaken on Tuesday to treat a digestive hemorrhage.

Reutemann, a twelve-time Grand Prix winner, was transferred from a hospital in Santa Fe to Rosario after suffering from internal bleeding.

After an endoscopic procedure on Tuesday, the 79-year-old former Governor of Santa Fe and Argentinian Senator remained in stable condition in the Sanatorio Parque's IC unit.

"Hospitalised in ICU, lucid, in communication with the environment, with no other organ failure," the medical institution said in a statement.

"No signs of digestive bleeding since the endoscopic haemostasis procedure performed yesterday."

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Reutemann's distinguished career in F1 saw the popular Argentinian take part in 146 Grands Prix from 1972 to 1982, winning races with Brabham, Ferrari and Williams and scoring a total of 46 podiums.

In 1981, Reutemann head into the final round of the F1 world championship at Las Vegas with a one-point lead over Brabham's Nelson Piquet.

But the chips fell the wrong way for the Williams driver around the Caesar's Palace parking lot makeshift street circuit where Reutemann failed to score, handing the laurels to Piquet and allowing the Brazilian to secure the first of his three world crowns in F1.

After retiring from motorsport, Reutemann embarked on a political career in his home country, becoming the governor of his native province of Santa Fe, and later a federal senator.

As a popular politician, Reutemann was considered by many to be a worthy candidate for President of Argentina, and although he considered running in his country's 2011 general election, he ultimately declined to do so.

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