Red Bull F1 team boss Christian Horner has called on F1 to ban the “dangerous” T-wings from 2017 F1 cars following seeing Max Verstappen damage his RB13 by driving over one during evening practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Formula 1 governing body, FIA has already targeted the unpopular engine cover ‘T-wings’ and fins, with a view to ridding F1 of them in the future. That plan is also backed by new F1 sporting boss Ross Brawn.
‘T-wing’ on Valtteri Bottas’ Mercedes broke off in practice, in a repeat of China, with the closely-following Verstappen damaging the floor of his Red Bull when he drove over it, prompting a £50,000 repair job.
“It cost us a few quid today… Several thousand pounds and a lot of downtime,” Horner said on the incident after FP2. “I think they should be absolutely banned, get rid of them, illegal, dangerous, all of those things!
“[FIA race director] Charlie [Whiting]’s got that lovely cop-out of ‘grounds of safety’, so if he wanted to use it he could do.”
Horner insists his longing to see T-wings banned is to do with safety and not because Red Bull is one of the teams not running one on its car.
When put to him that he’s been pushing for their removal since the opener in Australia, he replied: “And before that! I think unfortunately what’s happened has happened. I don’t think they’re going to be banned on that. I don’t think Charlie’s got that strong an appetite to get rid of them this season.
“It’s not just Bottas, we’ve seen the issue with the Haas and so on. People think it’s just sour grapes because we’re not running one but it’s not that, it does need looking at properly.”