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FIA to set up hard front-wing tests for 2013 F1

Formula 1 governing body FIA decided to introduce strict front wing tests for 2013 season, during United States Grand Prix weekend, FIA technical delegate Charlie Whiting said that four independent tests will now be used on front wings for 2013 F1.

Existing testing method make out with a 1000N force applied 790mm ahead of the front wheel centre line – that has not stopped suggestion, governing body believes few teams are managing to developing their wings specifically to beat the test devoid of flexing, following they still helping on race.

“I think rigidity, or lack of it, on some front wings has been the subject of a lot of discussion,” Whiting clarify.

“We’ve attempted to introduce some new tests, which not only tests its vertical deflection but also torsional stiffness of the front wing as well. And we’re going to take a step further next year as well.

“It will be a matter of applying the load. At the moment we apply the load at 790mm forward of the front axle. We are going to move that forward 15cm and back 15cm – so we will do two tests [in those areas].”

FIA technical delegate also said no worries over the Red Bull’s flexible front-wing; In the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix video footage shows flexibility of the nose tip of the Red Bull machine.

“What you saw on the Red Bull at the last race was extreme, as they had cameras on that part and the guy was actually twisting those cameras to try and get the nose off,” he said.

“I think if other cars had cameras mounted in those places and they did the same thing to get the nose off then they would do something very similar. We are satisfied that the Red Bull car is no more flexible than anybody else in that area so it was a rather strange phenomenon – which I don’t think anyone was expecting to see – but there was a perfectly logical explanation for it.”


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