Red Bull‘s rear wing has become the centre of controversy after Mercedes claimed it to be illegal.

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff is not a big fan of the flexible wing. The Austrian team, however, claim they did nothing wrong.

While the judgment on the legality of the wing will be known in France, the Azerbaijan Grand Prix next weekend will mostly feature the part.

Red Bull RB16B’s rear wing. Source: motorsportmagazine.com

Red Bull can have the advantage in Baku

The circuit in Baku has one of the longest straights as compared to other tracks. This could give Red Bull an advantage over their rivals Mercedes.

The tests related to the wing will be introduced at the Circuit Paul Ricard; Red Bull, however, are not worried about it.

“We are changing our wing so that it passes the FIA’s new test at the scheduled time,” Helmut Marko said.

“But we can only do that after Baku. We have to change the whole rear end and you can’t just build a new wing.”

Helmut Marko. Source: upload.wikimedia.org

Mercedes had the ‘illegal’ DAS last year

While Marko claims to understand Mercedes’ frustration surrounding the wing, he raises his finger back towards the Silver Arrows.

“It’s part of F1 that teams look at each other if there is something special on the car. We did the same when Mercedes came around the corner with the DAS system last year,” he said.

“The FIA then declared it illegal, but they were allowed to use it until the last race.

Mercedes DAS system. Source: motorsport.com

“We accepted that, but isn’t Mercedes doing the same with our rear wing now?

“We do expect that the tests for the front wing will now also be tightened up, that’s fair enough.

“Especially the front wing of Toto Wolff’s team moves a lot. In any case there is potential for a protest,” he concluded.

Since Wolff has claimed that he will challenge Red Bull’s wing in Baku if it is used during the race, we can only wait to see what happens.

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