Entering the sixth Grand Prix of the 2021 Formula 1 season, the threat of protests regarding the so called ‘limbo-wings,’ prevails after the first practice session. These protests were given birth because of a video from Spanish GP which indicated Red Bull’ Title Challenger RB16 flexing to a considerable degree. That induced FIA to announce that new load tests will be introduced from the French GP onwards and introduced locator dots in Baku to testify for the same.
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To measure potential flexing, the FIA has placed 12 dotted stickers on the rear wings of all cars, with footage to then be reviewed from the rear-facing cameras that will allow motorsport’s governing body to accurately measure the level of flexing.
What Did Andreas Seidl Say Abut The Locator Dots?
Speaking about the same McLaren’s Andreas Seidl stated, “It’s good to see that these stickers have been introduced for this weekend, which gives the FIA a better possibility to measure what’s going on.”
Andreas Seidl, whose teams complies with the regulations on rear-wing flexing, has called for action to be taken if a team is found to contravene Article 3.8 of the FIA’s technical regulations.
Seidl added, “To my understanding, these dots simply help to measure what’s happening because when we look at the videos from Barcelona, it’s difficult to get detailed numbers in terms of what is flexing and how exactly.”
Having said that it remains to be seen what happens in the second practice session as Max Verstappen clocks the fastest time in the first. Followed by both the Ferrari drivers who continue to impress on the street circuit.
While Lewis Hamilton remainder comparatively slow and managed to finish the seventh best.