Marko: Max’s wing problem now ‘fixed and resolved’
Helmut Marko says Max Verstappen’s rear wing issue was already “fixed and resolved” in FP2, the Red Bull advisor not expecting a repeat of the issue come Saturday’s running in Baku.
Putting in the laps in Friday’s practice for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Verstappen’s rear wing caught the eye as it shuddered down the straight.
The wing was notably flexing especially when his DRS was open and while there has no been so suggestion that the wing was illegal, the FIA conducting flexi tests, it was circumspect with Christian Horner saying rivals are probably already protesting.
Red Bull declared that it was a problem with the wing and set about fixing it.
“That is now fixed and resolved,” Marko has told motorsport-magazin.com.
“It’s funny,” he added, “there are two identical wings, but it only ever occurs with Max.”
The Dutchman has been plagued by rear wing issues this season, fighting with his DRS on several occasions most notably in Spain where it was intermittent and he raged at Red Bull for not being able to make a “f*cking DRS work”.
Max Verstappen's rear wing is flapping A LOT on the main straight in Baku 😬 pic.twitter.com/5OyrDqPegF
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Verstappen confirmed that he had not noticed a repeat of the issue during second practice.
“Of course we tried to solve it,” he said, “and in the second practice session I didn’t hear anything in the car, so I think everything is okay now.”
The repair work, though, did cost him a bit of time out on track at the start of FP2 but he isn’t too worried about it.
“I was able to do a few longer runs in the first practice session,” said Verstappen. “That gives us an idea.
“Of course we don’t have the full picture as far as tyre wear is concerned but I think we have enough information to know which direction to take.”
Charles Leclerc finished Friday’s practice around the streets of Baku with a 1:43.224, putting him two-tenths up on Sergio Perez with Verstappen a further tenth down.
Both Marko and his driver expect yet another Red Bull versus Ferrari fight for round eight of the championship.
“The usual,” says Marko, “and on the long run we seem to be a bit faster.”
Verstappen, though, isn’t so sure.
“All in all, it doesn’t look too bad. Ferrari is strong on one lap, but the long runs are more or less on par,” he said.
All eyes on Baku this weekend
Formula 1 arrives to the streets of Baku this weekend for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.