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Ferrari 'redesign required' after "exploiting" rear wing flexing - Binotto

Ferrari 'redesign required' after "exploiting" rear wing flexing - Binotto

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Ferrari 'redesign required' after "exploiting" rear wing flexing - Binotto

Ferrari 'redesign required' after "exploiting" rear wing flexing - Binotto

Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto has revealed Ferrari is among the teams that have been exploiting flexible rear wings this season ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix.

After footage showed Red Bull driver Max Verstappen's rear wing flexing under load at the Spanish Grand Prix, the FIA issued a technical directive to teams stating it would be toughening the static 'pull-back' and 'push-down' load tests on the component to prevent illegal bending.

Asked if Ferrari was currently exploiting flexibility in its rear wing, Binotto answered: "Yes, we are exploiting. I think as all the teams are exploiting, somehow, what’s possible and what we believe is right. The technical directive is clarifying furthermore.

"We will need to slightly adapt but I don’t think it’s impacting Ferrari much – and certainly on the lap time from what we’ve seen, very, very little but there are some redesigns just needed which need to be carried over to comply fully to the technical directive.

"Again, I think that, as Ferrari, it’s not impacting us much but still, a redesign is required."

Although numerous teams have voiced concern that the changes detailed in the technical directive will only come into force after next month's French Grand Prix, Binotto trusts the FIA has done its due diligence when assessing the timeframe.

He added: "Now, on the time, I’m pretty sure that the FIA checked what was right, what was wrong, I’m pretty sure that by deciding a certain date, they analysed the case pretty well and I trust them fully.

"As Ferrari, we are happy there is now a clarification and eventually we need to adapt, or someone needs to adapt – whoever – to that new technical directive but on the time I think we should respect the FIA decision because I’m pretty sure they did it by being fully aware."

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Fabio

I think the flexi wing is not illegal at this moment. Those teams had exploited the rule rather than cheating as long as they did pass the loading n rigidity test conducted by fia without any cheating behavior, otherwise there should be penalties. But just now fia sees that the test is not enough n wants to change the test. Whether it really needs two weeks for the rule to change? I don’t know, but from design to products n also tests, I think the change can’t be done overnight.

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Well, Clean, honorable Sir Lewis and Mercedes want to race fairly - and race fans want fair racing, too. The back flexi-wing is illegal and gives too much of an unfair advantage over those who are clean enough to Not have it. No wonder lesser driver Max in a bendy-winged Red Bull was able to stay so close to Sir Lewis. No wonder Ferrari, that followed cheating Red Bull over the flexi-wing cliff, did so well at Monaco, too. Max has a great big asterisk by his name for that Monaco "win." Real race fans don't accept it. And what is RB's role in disaster after disaster at Mercedes at Monaco. Red Bull threw around money to sneakily and unsportingly poach several Mercedes employees this season. Was Red Bull throwing about money in other "areas" as well? Do Horner and the team have a conscience? FIA should thoroughly investigate.

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I think the flexi wing is not illegal at this moment. Those teams had exploited the rule rather than cheating as long as they did pass the loading n rigidity test conducted by fia without any cheating behavior, otherwise there should be penalties. But just now fia sees that the test is not enough n wants to change the test. Whether it really needs two weeks for the rule to change? I don’t know, but from design to products n also tests, I think the change can’t be done overnight.

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Exploiting the rules is always the main purpose of the engineers of f1 teams, every team is trying to do it n all of them have been doing it since day 1 in f1, so fia won’t give any penalty for this. N ferrari can openly admits this because that’s not a kind of cheating, that’s called ‘smart’ in f1

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