With the Formula One race in Singapore, a new technical directive of the international motoring association FIA comes into effect, the purpose of which is to tighten the rules around bendable aerodynamic parts, as well as devices and systems that enable such bending.
The FIA will primarily scrutinize the front and rear wings, which they believe, despite successfully passing static load tests, bend with the help of certain devices that are hidden under rubber covers on the nose of the racing car. Christian Horner hinted at something like this recently when he said in one of his interviews that he saw quite a few "rubber noses on racing cars" at the start.
Although the FIA has not singled out any of the teams, according to Germany's Auto Motor und Sport, Mercedes and Red Bull teams are quietly being talked about, although Red Bull's Christian Horner said that they will not be affected by the news, and this was confirmed by his rival at Mercedes, Toto Wolff, who said: "If Red Bull is half a second slower per lap it would be nice, but I don't think it will happen."
It was Wolff who hinted that Aston Martin's drop in form in the last few races was due to the tightening of the rules regarding bendable wings. “It will certainly be interesting as we have seen Aston Martin's form drop off now that their wings are not bending as much. We'll see what happens, because I don't know who is exploiting these matters and to what extent."
According to AMuS, Red Bull in particular could become a victim of more precisely defined rules regarding the bottom of the racing car, which could harm them more than the teams that will have to make changes to the wings.
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