Adrian Newey has provided details about Red Bull’s rear wing damages prior to qualifying for the Mexico City GP.

Details:

  • Red Bull encountered problems with the RB16B’s rear wing during the United States GP practice. The crew discovered a crack in the rear wing, which was potentially caused by the severe bumps at COTA.
  • While the team managed to fix these issues prior to qualifying in Texas, problems arose once again the following weekend in Mexico.
  • Red Bull revealed that adjustments to the rear wing were made between FP3 and qualifying.
  • The team is now more aware of what caused this scare.

What he had to say:

  • “We had a problem in Texas which was completely unrelated to the problem we had here.”
  • “Here we used the same wing we normally run in Monaco and Hungary, because of the low air density everyone runs maximum downforce here. The fact you get to terminal velocity, it’s carrying more loads than it would do in Hungary.
  • That’s what was catching us out. We tried to understand it and make quick modifications between FP3 and qualifying and it seemed to do the trick.”

I am a 17-year-old motorsport fan and writer who possesses a strong passion for machines that go fast. I am from Australia but I aspire to be a journalist covering motor racing series and events all over the globe.