Christian Horner claims Mercedes and Ferrari ‘already’ lodged protests over Red Bull car

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CHRISTIAN HORNER has warned his crew might face an investigation forward of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

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Christian Horner has claimed Crimson Bull’s rivals have ‘already’ launched protests in opposition to Crimson Bull after FP1 on the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Max Verstappen’s rear wing was seen fluttering within the first apply session in a problem which might increase some eyebrows. 

Nonetheless, the issue didn’t seem on Sergio Perez’s automotive which might recommend the crew have been attempting one thing new. When requested if Mercedes or Ferrari might quickly complain to the FIA about it, Horner laughed that they already had.

However, the Crimson Bull crew principal confirmed the fluttering didn’t give the crew any tempo benefit and hoped the crew might clear up the problem as quickly as doable.

Horner mentioned: “I feel they’ve already performed that. Clearly, we have seen it we have got the info from it, we have got the comparability to Sergio [Perez’s] wing, so I feel there’s some modifications or some tuning that we have to do exactly to ensure that we eradicate that for this afternoon.

He added: “This doesn’t offer you a efficiency benefit. 

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Christian Horner claims Mercedes and Ferrari 'already' lodged protests over Red Bull car

Christian Horner has warned groups have protested Crimson Bull’s automotive (Picture: Getty)

“Our males are on high of it and hopefully it will likely be cleared up earlier than the following session.” Sky Sports activities F1’s Johnny Herbet mentioned the automotive regarded ‘very unstable’.

He added: “The entire wings flexing isn’t it. Transferring round fairly a bit there. Very unstable. Have a look at the entire rear aspect, shifting massively, up and down rather a lot, it’s an excessive amount of.”

Herbert claimed he had spoken to folks on the FIA who mentioned they weren’t involved concerning the wing regardless of some groups submitting protests.

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Christian Horner claims Mercedes and Ferrari 'already' lodged protests over Red Bull car

Max Verstappen’s wing was fluttering in FP1 (Picture: Sky Sports activities F1)

The difficulty did not seem to present Verstappen any tempo benefit as Perez topped the timesheets in FP1. The Mexican was round three-tenths sooner than Verstappen who was solely quick sufficient for third. 

At the beginning of the second free apply session. Crimson Bull mechanics could possibly be seen nonetheless engaged on the again of the automotive and appeared to have changed the wing utterly. It is an necessary weekend for Verstappen who faces a double problem to his F1 championship lead at a monitor he has solely secured one end from his final 4 begins. 

Charles Leclerc has by no means completed on the rostrum in Baku however Ferrari are rather a lot nearer this season and are Crimson Bull’s nearest challengers. Nonetheless, Perez gained this race final 12 months and has soared since signing a brand new two-year contract extension forward of the Monaco Grand Prix so could possibly be tough to beat.

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