The reigning champions, Mercedes look to be absolutely confident that their rear wing is completely legal after passing new tests introduced by the FIA at the recently concluded Qatar Grand Prix, with the Austrian team still suspicious about their rival. Both teams have fought tightly and with 2 races remaining to complete the 2021 season, each point is crucial for either.
In the bid to get the edge over the other, as has been the case in Formula 1 for decades, points have been made over the legality of certain aspects of both cars over the course of 2021 and most recently of all, it’s the Mercedes’ rear wing that has been in the spotlight.
Mercedes stance on their rear wing being legal
The Brackley-based team have regularly maintained their innocence and a new test at the Qatar GP looks to have been passed by the current champs.
Two 35kg weights were hung at different points from the Mercedes rear-wing, to test the flex, and the team said it came through without issue, before popping a jab at Red Bull, “The wing was rock solid. You could have hung 100 kilos on it,” a source from the German team told Auto Motor Sport. “Maybe Red Bull will ask for 105 kilograms next time.”
Red Bull alleged that the rear wing they think is flouting the rules was changed to one that doesn’t on Saturday before the test took place, something Mercedes have straight up denied.