Red Bull confirms request for FIA to inspect Mercedes front wing

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Red Bull confirms request for FIA to inspect Mercedes front wing

Helmut Marko confirmed that Red Bull has asked the FIA to inspect the front wing on Mercedes' W12 car to assess whether the aero element's flexibility complies with F1's regulations.

Red Bull was singled out after last month's Spanish Grand Prix after onboard footage showed the rear wing of its RB16B flexing significantly under load on Barcelona's main straight.

The footage prompted the FIA to introduce in France last weekend more stringent anti-flexing tests which all teams, including Red Bull, passed without any issues.

However, the Milton Keynes-based outfit now wants a rigorous test to be conducted on Mercedes' front wing following the dissemination of footage also showing the appendage flexing under load.

"We have drawn the FIA's attention to the fact that they should check this," Marko told F1-Insider.

"This is a completely normal procedure. If you are of the opinion that another team is abusing the regulations too much and a grey area is in the red, you have to clarify.

"We rely on the verdict of the FIA and the measures that the governing body then takes. If there is clarification, we are satisfied."

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Red Bull team boss Christian Horner said that it only made sense for the FIA to scrutinize both rear and front wings on a car.

"We trust the FIA will police these things and of course you can't treat the wing in isolation," he said.

"You have to look at both front and rear wings and what applies to the rear one would assume will apply to the front as well."

Horner also said that the clampdowns enforced by the FIA at Paul Ricard proved conclusively that the strong performance of Red Bull's car was in no way linked to the RB16B's rear wing.

"A lot of comments have been made in the last few weeks," Horner said. "We’ve had accusations made.

"But we've complied with the rules and the way that we've reacted I think shows the strength and depth, that our performance isn't based on rear wing flexibility."

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Todt no fan of sprint qualifying: 'I don't think F1 needs it'

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Todt no fan of sprint qualifying: 'I don't think F1 needs it'

FIA president Jean Todt believes that Formula 1 doesn't need to rely on a novel concept such as sprint qualifying, but the Frenchman has always been open to trialing the idea.

Next month's British Grand Prix will see a historic change to the weekend's format, with FP2 on Friday replaced by a qualifying session that will determine the grid for a sprit race on Saturday afternoon that will itself form the grid for Sunday's race.

F1 plans on trialing the format at two other venues this season, one of which will likely be Monza.

The concept was tabled last winter and favorably voted upon by the teams as an full scale experiment to gauge the F1 fan community and the broadcasters' interest.

Todt admitted that he wasn't enthusiastic about the idea from the outset and insisted that the Saturday mad dash not be called "a race" in order to help safeguard the value of Sunday's show.

"Number one, we don't call that a race," Todt said at the French GP. "I had part of the responsibility of not calling that a race.

"For me the race is on Sunday. If you ask me if I'm a big fan of that, the answer is no.

"I don't think F1 needs it. But on the other side, if people want to try something, it's not going to hurt the race on Sunday.

"It will be a different way of having a starting grid on Sunday. So it costs nothing to try.

"I'm curious to see what will come out. But I'm sure that it will not damage the race on Sunday.

"People may say it was more interesting on Saturday than on Sunday, but that's not too big a risk for the image and for the credibility of the of the championship."

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Reflecting more broadly on F1 and on how the sport has negotiated the past twelve months marked by the Covid-19 pandemic, Todt praised the "remarkable" job done by the entire F1 community.

"We all know that we are going through a difficult time," said the Frenchman who will retire at the helm of the FIA at the end of the year.

"And I think the job everybody has been contributing to make all that happening is absolutely remarkable.

"I usually say that it's in difficult times that you see the strength together, and I think it has been the result of a combination since we restarted the championship last July, almost one year ago.

"This week, we should not be should not have been here, incidentally, it should have been next week. We are going to face three grands prix in a row. Every time it has been a problem, a solution has been found."

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