On Friday, photos surfaced of tracks on the rear wing of Mercedes, which would lead to the conclusion that the rear wing is flexible. In conversation with RacingNews365 responds Toto Wolff.
“Who would have sent those photos around. What a shock!” he cynically implies at Red Bull. “What do you see in these images?” he asks the newscaster. “I can’t see anything about it, except something that’s scratched.”
“A ghost! I don’t know where they got the photo from or what it’s supposed to show. It’s a ghost!”
Mercedes speed gone
Earlier on Saturday, Horner said that Red Bull had noticed that Mercedes had lost speed on the straights. Would it mean Mercedes swapped out its rear wing? Wolff: “Did Red Bull show any pictures about straight line speed by any chance?” he sounds cynical again.
No, according to Wolff it has a logical explanation. “This is a track where performance is less dependent on engine power. Red Bull just did a good job. Their speed on the straights with a big wing is just as high as ours. I’m glad they’re happy with it .”
The Mercedes team boss says he has lost track a bit due to all the rumors that are being thrown into the world by Red Bull. “Let’s go to Saudi Arabia and who knows, maybe we’ll hear stories again. Yes…I don’t know. All these discussions that are started…I can’t keep up anymore. As a team we have the greatest difficulty just to respond to those rumors coming out that way.”
Wolff curious about new rear wing tests
Still, there seems to be some movement in the case regarding the rear wings. The FIA is coming with a new test to measure flexibility. However, according to Wolff, there is nothing in the rules about the part that would flex at Mercedes, so he is looking forward to it all without stress.
“They are going to try a new load test, also for next year, to make the rear wings more robust. Or to check how much a wing flexes. There is nothing about that in the rules and there is no TD (technical guideline, ed.) said the Austrian.
“It will be interesting to see what the results are, because I believe we are on the right side. But I’m getting ahead of things, I don’t know what the results will be. When do they actually want to do that test? I have no idea really,” he jumps from one topic to the next.
Will Red Bull still protest?
It is a question that Wolff says he has no answer to. “I have no idea what Red Bull is planning. I can’t follow it anymore, like I said. I don’t understand their thinking. It seems a bit erratic, but that’s fine. I don’t want to throw extra fuel on the fire.”
Mercedes focuses on herself. “We’re trying to look at ourselves and do the best we can. We are still fourteen points behind and we have to have a good race on Sunday. That’s what counts,” said the Mercedes leader.