Red Bull boss Christian Horner admits his team is working on a ‘flabby’ rear wing problem in time for Jeddah next weekend.
Max Verstappen The wing in Qatar and Brazil looked like it was “flapping” with the DRS open at high speed, with the top of the rear wing not showing up to be able to handle the forces on the car over a long straight.
Verstappen was initially using a proven low downforce wing in training in Qatar, but the team ended up choosing the safest option for its high downforce wing from qualifying and beyond – which Horner said was the team’s best option anyway, given what It has been seen in practice.
The higher downforce package does not suffer from the same “flapping” problem at the car’s top speed. But given the characteristics of the new track in Saudi Arabia that it looks like it will favor lower downforce, given the high-speed layout, Horner admitted the team needed to sort this issue out as best they could.
Horner said of the high-powered winger after the race in Qatar, citing Motorsport.com.
“If these other wings are required in Jeddah or Abu Dhabi, obviously we will need repairs to straighten them out, and the DRS mechanism.”
The DRS actuator has been singled out as the problem component within the rear wing and although the design cannot be changed due to the homogeneity of the part, Horner is confident the team will be able to quickly correct the problem.
“I think from a reliability standpoint it should be relatively easy to sort out those engines,” he added.
“We’ve been using it for many years now, so it’s not a new technology.”
The rear wings have been a hot topic of talks in Formula 1 in recent weeks, with Lewis Hamilton’s flap opening in the DRS 0.2mm above the legal limit in Brazil and the reason for his exclusion from the qualifying results at Interlagos.