Ferrari admitted before the Monaco GP that they are one of the teams using flexible rear wings.

This news did come as a bit of a surprise, as there are going to be major rule changes in F1. In addition, the FIA has told teams that stricter rear wing retraction tests will soon be introduced to stop the exploitation of flexible aerodynamics.

Teams now have until the French GP to make modifications to the car.

These changes to the teams are based on the modifications that Red Bull had made for the Spanish GP. Namely, Lewis Hamilton claimed that Red Bull use a “bendable wing.” This leaves no chance for the other teams than to follow suit as well.

Mattia Binotto, team principal of the Ferrari team, now said that his team is also affected:

“Yes, we are exploiting. I think all the teams are exploiting somehow what’s possible, and what we believe is right.”

“The FIA technical directive is clarifying furthermore, and we will need to slightly adapt. I think it’s impacting Ferrari, certainly on the lap time from what it seems very, very little. But there are some redesigns which need to be prepared to comply fully to the technical directive.”

Red Bull is aware of these changes and also believes that they will cost about $500,000:

“For a team like us, that’s obviously running up against the cap, then of course strategically you have to make choices.”

“You know the impact of something like this is probably about half a million dollars, so that will prevent something else from happening. So that’s the juggling act that we’re now having to make.”

Christian Horner also believes that these changes should not be made immediately, but that it is good that the teams have time to make these changes:

“You can’t just magic up components. I think if they changed the tests on the front wings for example this weekend, and we’ve seen far more performance from front wing flexibility, shall we say, then that would affect every single team, some much greater than others.

“I think that there has to be a lead time. You can’t expect parts to be magic upped overnight with the costs that are incurred.”

“The car complies with the regulations that have been there for the last 18 months or so with these load tests. And then, the test has been changed and there has to be a notice period for that.”

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