Toto Wolff is concerned with the fact that the tests of the flexible wings will only be introducted in France.

The FIA will start putting more emphasis on the flexibility of the rear wings in order to prevent any team from gaining unfair advantage. The new tests will start from the French Grand Prix, while everything is set to remain the same for this weekend’s Monaco GP as well as for the upcoming Azerbaijan GP. This raises concerns inside the F1 paddock and of the people opposing the delay is Mercedes’ team principal Toto Wolff. He believes that such actions can cause numerous protest applications by the teams.

“Delaying the introduction for whatever reason leaves us in a legal vacuum and leaves the door open for protests,” Wolff said. “It’s not only us but it’s probably two other teams that are most affected, maybe more, and obviously a protest could end up in the ICA [International Court of Appeal].

“That is a messy situation and can take weeks before we have a result. And we should have not ended in this situation if we’re having four weeks until the race that is most relevant in the calendar,” he added.

Wolff agrees that making the adjustments right away will not be right, but thinks there is enough time until the race in Baku to implement the changes.

“It’s clear that if you have a back-to-back race, maybe even two weeks is too short for everybody to adjust, but we’re having four weeks to Baku,” he commented.

“It is incomprehensible that within four weeks you can’t stiffen up the rear wing for the track that is probably the most effective for flexible rear wing. That leaves us in no man’s land, because the technical directive says that the movement of some rear wings has been judged as excessive.”

“So, teams who would run this kind of wing are prone to be protested, and probably this is going to go to the ICA, and nobody needs this messy situation.”

In the end, Mercedes’ boss supposes that they might need to change the stiffness of the W12’s rear wing as well as admits that the ruling bodies should be stricter in terms of testing the wings as some areas still remain untouched.

“We will need to modify our wing,” said Wolff. “We need to soften it. Our wing is extremely rigid complying to the famous article 3.8 that [demands] it must remain immobile.

“The new test that has been introduced is a half-baked solution, which is giving us opportunity. So the whole thing can soften and bend more in future.”

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