Auto Motor und Sport reports that Red Bull F1 has asked the FIA (International Automobile Federation) to investigate the rear suspension of Mercedes.
Red Bull F1 team representative Christian Horner points out a “straight line device” that lowers the rear ride height of the car and increases straight line speed. I think he helped Mercedes a lot at the F1 Turkish Grand Prix, which Valtteri Bottas won.
Auto Motor und Sport reported that Red Bull F1 “had the FIA take a closer look at the Silver Arrow rear suspension” regarding its legality, but “the investigation was not definitive.”
However, the Mercedes mechanism is not innovation, and the other seven teams are doing the same, the newspaper reports. Some were “obviously more radical than Mercedes,” and Ferrari said it admitted that it had been a “normal setup tool” for years. ..
Mercedes also states that “it has been equipped with this system for many years.” In fact, the rear axle hasn’t changed since the start of the 2020 season.
“For us, it’s one of the bomborized parts. It can’t be changed at all. The effect hasn’t changed,” said one engineer.
Christian Horner says the “device” effect has diminished in Austin, the venue for the F1 US Grand Prix, compared to Sochi and Istanbul Park, where Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas were the winners, respectively.
“Advantages vary from track to track,” said Christian Horner.
“Here (Austin) there are fast corners where you can’t lower the rear too much without losing downforce, so that’s less, so you can’t really benefit from a straight.”
“It was possible in Sochi and Istanbul. Mercedes was straight and robbed us of 7 seconds of commas.”
Toto Wolff is amused that Red Bull F1 is plagued by what he considers the story about “devices” to be just “noise” on the first day of the F1 US Grand Prix, which is clearly trivial. rice field.
“If they want to waste energy on such things, we’re fine,” Toto Wolff said.
However, the report concludes that Red Bull has succeeded in spending valuable time on rival personnel, at least elsewhere, even if nothing is found to be detrimental to Mercedes.
Mercedes has changed floors after Friday’s practice, which is said to be more related to rear ride height than to respond to Red Bull’s demands.
Max Verstappen took pole position and at the US Grand Prix Toto Wolff admitted that it sacrificed Mercedes’ pace.
connection:[Video]Mercedes F1 machine that straightens and lowers the rear vehicle height
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