FIA reveals “no monkey business” in Mercedes and Red Bull rear wing tests

The FIA revealed that there was “no monkey business” in the rear wing tests they conducted throughout the season.

The top F1 teams in Mercedes and Red Bull were locked in a titanic battle in 2021. One of their ways of waging war was to accuse the other of running illegal rear wings on their cars, something the FIA had to look into every time there was a complaint.

Red Bull were more accusatory than Mercedes, with team principal Christian Horner suggesting that it was “hidden in the way that it operates”. He revealed that Mercedes’ performance had “gone up exponential(ly)”.

“I think that obviously concerns us, and that’s why Adrian (Newey, chief technical officer) and Paul (Monaghan, chief engineer) have been discussing it with the FIA.”

However, the FIA revealed that there was “no monkey business” in the rear wing tests they conducted throughout the season.

Mercedes W12 rear wing. November 2021
Mercedes’ rear wing was under major investigation in 2021. Source: planetf1.com

No illegal activity

F1’s head of single-seater affairs Nikolas Tombazis revealed that everything happened as per the rules.

“In Qatar, there was no monkey business identified, or anything like that,” Tombazis told Motorsport.com.

“We didn’t find something that was concerning. It was not a bad test, but it can be improved. So we’re thinking how to maybe make some improvements to it for next year (2022), potentially.

“The reason the test is not so good is technically the trailing edge of the main plane is going quite upwards. If you load it in the downward direction, it’s quite stiff, so we want to manage to load it in a direction that is normal.

“But then it’s a bit more difficult because we can’t use gravity. So we need to fine tune it, and it needs a bit more give to be prepared for it. It’s not impossible, of course,” he concluded.

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