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Ferrari on Mercedes’ flexing rear wing

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Ferrari F1 boss Maurizio Arrivabene raises some queries about the legality of the Mercedes rear wing. New attack was raced by some slow-motion footage of the Mercedes car in the corner with the rear wing seeming to flex a lot more than other teams during Belgian Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton started from pole, but was easily passed by Sebastian Vettel who then raced to the win at Spa-Francorchamps. Following the race Hamilton claims wondering if Ferrari had used technical “tricks” for victory.

“They’ve got a few trick things going on in the car,” Hamilton alleged.

“They’re able to deploy more than us, somehow, from turn one to Eau Rouge, and then it carries on down the straight. I’m not really sure how,” he added.

Now, Ferrari have rise with a criticism of their own. Arrivabene spoke about the Mercedes’ flexing rear wing, one that was flexing a little too much.

Arrivabene took a dig at Mercedes and the FIA, saying that the FIA needs to do their job and now look into this.

He emphasised on the fact that Ferrari have had to do a lot of the answering and maybe it was Mercedes’ turn now.

“That’s the FIA’s job, not ours. We are already busy to answer to all the questions they ask us every race. But yes, we noticed it. Let’s see if also the FIA will notice it” Arrivabene said.

The flexing of aerodynamic parts is mainly a concern for the front wing, as flexing can provide some performance gains. However, flexing in the rear wing can also provide increased performance and may not be permitted under the regulations.

Earlier this year, suspicions arose about the legality of Ferrari’s power unit, but the FIA looked into it and concluded everything was above board.

When asked about Hamilton’s latest ‘trick’ comment, F1 race director Charlie Whiting said on Sunday: “It amuses me, because we know a lot about Ferrari’s car and Lewis does not.

“The FIA knows what is at stake and we’re happy,” he added.

Hamilton’s Mercedes boss Toto Wolff, however, backed his driver’s suspicions.

“When you’re beaten on the track, then you look at yourself and the others. And if you can’t find an explanation, you get dirty thoughts.

“But I have great faith in the FIA that they have everything under control,” he said.

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