James Key believes the controversy surrounding flexible front and rear wings will no longer be a problem by 2022. The technical director of McLaren says that the tests have been tightened considerably. He does expect the teams to find other tricks.
There has been a lot of talk in 2021 about the use of flexible front and rear wings. Although the use of these parts has been banned for quite some time, some teams managed to find a clever way to use a somewhat flexible rear wing. The FIA therefore introduced stricter tests, meaning that these controversial rear wings no longer passed the inspection. Then it was Red Bull Racing that sounded the bell with the motorsport body. The team was convinced that the rear wing of Mercedes was illegal. However, this could never be confirmed.
Changes in 2022
According to Key, those problems should in any case be solved by 2022. “Some tests are tougher, especially the rear wing test,” the British engineer is quoted by Motorsport-Total. He emphasizes that the subject will receive considerably more attention in 2022 than it has previously been. “There are still very strict guidelines on stiffness, so I think there will always be a few tricks,” adds Key. “But I don’t think there’s going to be anything you can easily take advantage of.”
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However, according to the McLaren chief, there will be new elements where the teams may be able to gain something. For example, consider the floor. “So there will be some new playgrounds in 2022. But I’m sure it will eventually become a problem again. It’s not something the teams or the FIA ignore. There is a clear area in which we can do the best we can next year to regulate.”