2015 F1

Mercedes hits out at wind tunnel ban proposal

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Mercedes has hit out at Red Bull’s suggestion that wind tunnels should be banned from formula one.

As smaller teams struggle for survival, Red Bull team boss Christian Horner proposed a novel solution to help cut costs — ban the wind tunnel.

The Briton’s Mercedes counterpart, Toto Wolff, scoffed at the suggestion.

“I thought Red Bull’s proposal was to bring back the normally aspirated V8?” he said sarcastically to Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport.

“Or maybe they looked again at the test data from Barcelona and came here with the idea of abolishing wind tunnels,” Wolff scoffed.

The Austrian insisted wind tunnels are part of the DNA of formula one.

“This is formula one,” he said, “not GP2 or a single car series like Indycar.

“It is a world championship for drivers, but also for engineers, so I think if we exclude something that has long been part of the DNA of formula one, that will not help the sport,” said Wolff. (GMM)

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