Race fans will be aware that Red Bull Racing have been suffering with a flapping rear wing throughout the start of the second day. Although Max Verstappen got the better of Lewis Hamilton on Day 1 of Qatar GP, yet the seven-time world champion came roaring back to secure yet another pole against his name with the aim of closing the gap to the Dutchman in the Driver’s Standings.
Currently, the upper part of the rear wing flaps when the DRS is active. The flapping leads to several problems, such as damage to the mechanism. Furthermore, the team of the Dutchman has already had to repair the rear wing, because more and more cracks are appearing. It could be that this problem has arisen because the parts have been around for a while now, but it could also be that Red Bull is pushing the limits.
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Meanwhile, the Brackley based team does not agree with this treatment. Red Bull is also allowed to do repairs when the parc fermé rules apply due to the problems, but team boss Toto Wolff thinks this is preferential treatment. Other teams are not allowed to do this either, so why should they? Michael Masi says the decision was made by mutual agreement.
“The thing is, if we see that something is let’s call it systematic with the team over a number of events, then we ask them to make permanent modifications to that part. There’s a whole lot of things that go into it. So no, I don’t think there’s any inconsistency at all,” the Australian told Autosport.