Mercedes review request denied, Red Bull could protest wing

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, BELGIUM - AUGUST 29: Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes F1 W11 EQ Performance during the Belgian GP at Spa-Francorchamps on Saturday August 29, 2020 in Spa, Belgium. (Photo by Mark Sutton / LAT Images)

The right to review requested by Mercedes was ultimately denied with no change the the decision of the stewards in the Sao Paulo Grand Prix. The steward said the new evidence “shows nothing exceptional that is particularly different from the other angles that were available to them at the time, or that particularly changes their decision that was based on the originally available footage”.

The other interesting element this weekend was from Red Bull’s Christian Horner who shed a little more light on what they are focused on and potentially protesting in regards to the Mercedes rear wing.

Horner feels the rear wing is perhaps a bit of trickery and said there was score marks on the wing that could indicate that its flexing beyond acceptable limits. This also could be why Max Verstappnen was fondling the wing at the Interlagos circuit. The final two races are tracks that may favor Mercedes with low drag and high-speed straights and Horner says they are focused on those races and might protest.

“Would I protest?,” said Horner. “Yeah, absolutely. If we believe the car is not in compliance, we will protest. The straight-line speeds that we’ve seen in Mexico and in Brazil, I mean, I think everybody could see Brazil was not a normal situation.

“And yes, a new engine we know with Mercedes comes with increased performance. But when you have a 27 kilometre [per hour] difference, and you see marks on rear end plates that have been marking up from wings that have been flexing…

“It’s very clear to us what has been going on. So, of course, that’s why I refer it’s down the FIA to make sure that the cars are in compliance. If they’re not, you protest if you believe that a competitor isn’t complying with the rules.”

Horner said they will follow the situation and keep an eye on things. One might imagine that if they do poorly in Water, they may lodge a complaint.

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Glen Mhor

Kettle calling the pot black? Despite the 2022 new car, looks like Mercedes found some flexibilty in their development schedule.