Flexing wings are a perennial topic in F1, which came up again in 2021 when two separate aero rows between Mercedes and Red Bull took centre stage.
After May’s Spanish Grand Prix Mercedes was unhappy about Red Bull’s “bendy” rear wing, which led to more stringent test at the French Grand Prix, much to the dismay of rival teams who were also forced to change their rear wing designs to stay within the revised rules.
Near the end of a hotly-contested season roles were reversed as Red Bull took issue with Mercedes’ rear wing design at various races, including Brazil, believing it had spotted “score marks” which allegedly pointed to excessive flexing to increase straightline speed.
After conducting additional, exploratory checks during the Qatar Grand Prix weekend, the FIA said it had not found any evidence of foul play, but it did identify ways to improve its methods for carrying out flex tests, which are set to be tweaked in 2022.
According to McLaren tech chief Key, the 2022…