Lewis Hamilton: Another Technical Directive Coming Red Bull’s Way to ‘Level the Playing Field’
Red Bull and their flexi-wings have, for a while now, been a controversial topic in F1. And Lewis Hamilton once again highlighted this issue after Silver Arrows lost back-to-back four races for the first time since the beginning of the hybrid era in 2014.
Max Verstappen won his third race at Red Bull Ring by a whopping 35-second margin over the reigning champion. Although Hamilton was 18 seconds adrift of the Dutch, which doubled up in the latter stages of the race. The Mercedes driver opted to pit again in order to secure the bonus point for the fastest lap.
The FIA has already issued a technical directive once earlier this season in reaction to the identical left-rear tire failure for Lance Stroll and Max Verstappen in Baku.
Meanwhile, the seven-time world champion hopes FIA would inspect the Red Bull flexi-wings and issue another TD (technical directive) in order to ‘level the playing field’.
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What did Lewis Hamilton say?
In the post-race press conference, the reigning champion was asked has he accepted that Mercedes won’t be able to catch Red Bull on car development.
To which Hamilton replied: “Well, I don’t accept anything. I think we’ve still got many races ahead of us and we’ve got to keep pushing. We’re World Champions and that’s what we can, definitely, improve if we have put our minds to it.”
Lewis Hamilton further added: “But there’s another TD (technical directive) coming out for the wings. I don’t know if they’re stopping the bendiness or not but maybe that will level the playing field. We will see.”
Toto Wolff admits Mercedes have stopped developing their car
With F1 switching to an all-new car concept from next year, F1 teams have to decide between upgradation to their current car or developing the new car for the next season in order to reserve resources.
And it seems Silver Arrows have joined Ferrari to not make any further developments and to focus on the development of next year’s car.
“The first race really in eight years where you’re just lacking the pace, where you see that we have stopped developing for this year because we believe the next years are so important to get it right”. said Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff.
“We are having new regulations not only for next year but for years to come, a completely different car concept, and you’ve got to choose the right balance.”
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