‘Bored’ Wolff to decide on wing protest after Baku GP

Date published: June 6 2021

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A “bored” Toto Wolff has said Mercedes will decide after the race whether to lodge an official protest against Red Bull’s rear ‘limbo wing’ in Baku.

Keeping the focus on the on-track action in Azerbaijan has proven to be a difficult task as Mercedes and Red Bull continue with the playground politics against each other in the fight for the World Championship titles.

The ‘flexi-wing’ saga stems all the way back to the Spanish Grand Prix when Lewis Hamilton mentioned how much of an advantage it has given Red Bull on the straights.

Red Bull, as well as other teams who also have a considerably high amount of rear wing flexing on their car, will have to show firm evidence of a more stable rear wing from the French Grand Prix onwards as the FIA are introducing new, stringent tests to combat the issue.

However, until that moment arrives, Mercedes has continuously threatened to protest the use of the ‘limbo’ wing at a Baku street circuit which has a huge start/finish straight.

But Friday and Saturday have been and gone without any official protests launched and now we await to see if Mercedes will take up their final opportunity to protest Red Bull’s rear wing.

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Wolff was asked about that prospect but was particularly dismissive in his response.

“Well I think the flexi-wing saga starts to bore everybody, including myself,” Wolff told Autosport.

“I guess we will see. I don’t know what was on their car, and what they are going to have [for the race]. I think it’s then to decide.”

McLaren are another team who were looking for action to be taken in Baku and not until round seven in France.

However, it appears they are going to leave it up to the FIA to decide whether anyone is in blatant breach of the regulations as they currently stand with regards to the rear wing.

“To be honest, I haven’t seen an analysis yet of what happened in qualifying,” McLaren team boss Andreas Seidl said.

“We were busy with ourselves, and we usually also try to just focus on ourselves.

“But I think the ball is in the court of the FIA to act if they think they have to act, within what is also written in the technical directive. So on our side, we just focus on ourselves now.”

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