“The deformation was clearly visible,” says Helmut Marko about the dispute over Mercedes’ front wing

New Delhi, June 19: During the 2024 Canadian Grand Prix, Mercedes replaced the car’s front wings. The newly installed wings were seen to ‘bend noticeably’, which is against the rules of the sport as it ‘ensures better aerodynamics’. Following this incident, Red Bull reportedly filed a complaint with the FIA ​​to ensure fair racing, a fact that has now been confirmed by team advisor Helmut Marko.

“They have a new front wing and in the TV footage from Montreal you can clearly see the wings of Russell and Hamilton flexing noticeably. However, the wings had the necessary strength when they were approved. That doesn’t surprise me. I don’t know how many times we had to check our wings,” Marko told OE24, an Austrian newspaper.

Despite a poor start to the 2024/25 season, Mercedes have improved significantly since their upgrade before the Monaco Grand Prix, which has put pressure on Red Bull. During the Montreal GP, Russell and Hamilton finished in third and fourth place respectively.

“There is a precisely defined procedure with weights below which a wing should not bend. It is a popular game where everything is pushed to the limit so that it passes the technical inspection. During the race the wing then lowers, which ensures better aerodynamics. Exactly, it came up again and again when the distortion was clearly visible on the television images,” said Marko.

With the Formula 1 calendar ending for the next race in Barcelona, ​​all eyes will be on Red Bull as many questions arise over the team’s dominance in the run-up to the races. McLaren, Ferrari and Mercedes are all on the hunt and hoping to give the Austrian carmaker a run for their money. It will be interesting to see how other cars stack up for the champions as the track will reveal the ‘real balance of power’.

“This rule of thumb should also apply to us. If we are strong in Barcelona, ​​then hopefully we will also be strong in Austria next week and in Silverstone a week later. These three races will say a lot about the true balance of power. That’s why our people are working to the limit these days. In addition, Sergio Perez severely damaged his car in Monaco and Montreal,” concluded the 81-year-old.

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