Red Bull confirms request to FIA to inspect Mercedes front wing

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Red Bull confirms request to FIA to inspect Mercedes front wing

Helmut Marko has 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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Ricciardo enjoying being pushed by 'strong' Norris

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Ricciardo enjoying being pushed by 'strong' Norris

Daniel Riccardo has found himself at McLaren in the unusual situation of playing second fiddle to his teammate, but the Aussie insists he's enjoying being pushed by Lando Norris as he continues to get to grips with his car.

In France, Ricciardo finished P6 after a solid drive, just one spot behind Norris, equaling for the third time this season his best result year-to-date with his new team.

As the only driver on the grid to have scored points at every race this season, Norris stands fourth in the championship's standings with 76 points while Ricciardo sits P9, or 42 points behind.

"He’s certainly very good," Ricciardo said in France last weekend, assessing his teammate's performance.

"So far he’s had a very, very strong start to the season, he’s had a bunch of top fives, obviously with a couple of podiums.

"He’s really showing strong signs to be a top driver. He’s certainly pushing me. It’s what I like, I enjoy it.

"You certainly always want to be the top dog but it’s good for me to learn, push and keep bettering myself."

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Former F1 driver Jolyon Palmer reckoned that Ricciardo's French Grand Prix was the Aussie's best display to date with McLaren, noting the latter's feisty and more confident demeanor.

"This was a race where Ricciardo was closer to his best again," Palmer told Formula1.com.

"He seemed to have confidence in the car, and we were getting the old Ricciardo radio messages indicating he was right up for the fight.

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"Ironically, because he was the first McLaren in the opening stint, he ended up having arguably the tougher race, doing more overtaking early on as Norris followed him past Fernando Alonso, and Leclerc pitted before Norris had to overtake him.

"Ricciardo’s charge also prompted his own early stop as he undercut Pierre Gasly, forcing him into a longer, more perilous final stint," added Palmer.

"But he managed it to perfection, with his most complete drive for McLaren thus far."

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