Mercedes and McLaren remain dissatisfied rival teams are able to continue using rear wing designs which they believe flout the regulations.Baku City Circuit, which features several long straights where the flexing wings seen on some cars could offer a significant performance benefit.
The FIA has told teams have been told a tougher test will be introduced next month to police the rear wings, but not until after the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
Mercedes technical director James Allison said the team is “keeping an open mind” about whether rival teams such as Red Bull may risk using the wings at the next race.
“We’ll look and see what we see and figure out what to do when we see that,” said Allison. “It certainly is a track where they are particularly effective,” he added.
McLaren, who hold third in the constructors championship behind Red Bull and Mercedes, have also indicated their concerns over the wings. They are two points ahead of Ferrari, whose team principal Mattia Binotto has also indicated they will have to modify their rear wings once the test has been toughened up.
“Obviously, we’re independent of what Mercedes is doing,” said McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl. “We have a dialogue on this matter with the FIA as well at the moment.
“We are absolutely not happy that cars that, from our point of view, are clearly not within the regulations, after it got detected that they are not within the regulations, that our competitors can keep running these cars.”
“That’s why we have this dialogue with the FIA at the moment and then we have to take it from there in the next week.”
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