The change of look of the Mercedes between Montmeló and Sakhir. They look like two different cars, and instead it’s the same, as team principal Toto Wolff said. The W13, in the non-visible areas, remained unchanged, except that at Montmeló it had much more space in the area of sidepods, while in Sakhir he presented much drier and tapered bellies. If this aspect may arouse curiosity, other elements have awakened the controversy with the Red Bull, with Chris Horner first manifesting – and then denying, but not hiding – his annoyance with the support structures of the mirrors doing aerodynamic work. “We do not want the spirit of the regulation to be violatedHorner said, not explicitly referring to rivals.
And the rivals respond, stating that every technical solution has been under consideration by the FIA, despite the fact that F1 technical director Ross Brawn commented with amazement on the extreme concepts of the W13: “No, we didn’t play on the surprise effect. It’s not a version B, it’s the same car we had in Barcelona, but the sidepods are different on the outside, but on the inside they are the same. It is the same car. Mirrors? It is important in a change of rules to have the OK of the FIA, for that we are in contact with the Federation, we show all the data to be sure. Ok already had? Yes, the important thing is that there are rules and that the interpretation of the rules must be clear between the FIA and the team. Today we have obvious controversies because there are innovative elements: it also happened with the DAS, everything is regular (he uses the expression ‘normal business’, ed.) ”, these are his words a Sky Sport F1. “If I have to say a team that amazed me with its concepts, I choose the Ferrari: I like it, it’s totally different. The engineers said that all cars would be the same, but they are all different and Ferrari proves it“.
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