Both Red Bull’s disqualified in Abu Dhabi

Red Bull Racing have been disqualified from Saturday’s qualifying session for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. According to F1 technical delegate, Jo Bauer, the team were said to be running “front wing flaps designed to flex under aerodynamic load” and the FIA ultimately deemed them illegal.

For Red Bull’s position, a statement released by the team said:

“We have been singled out for a front wing deflection test when it is clear that other teams are interpreting the rules in similar fashion,”

So it’s all relative and other teams do it too, seems to be the argument or at least other teams have interpreted the rules in the same way as Red Bull. I enjoyed the “we’ve been singled out” comment especially.

Red Bull have accepted the disqualification but aren’t convinced they are the only one’s running a similar front wing. The nature of the Yas Marina circuit would play into this type of flexing wing so it might be understandable that teams would bring a flexing wing.

The rules allow for a certain amount of flex under load but apparently this was flexing too much. They had initially qualified in 5ht and 6th position but now both drivers will start from the back of the grid on Sunday.

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