F1: Red Bull looking for answers over ‘unraceable’ Mercedes and their rear wing

Red Bull want answers over whether Lewis Hamilton’s ‘unraceable’ Mercedes is LEGAL – and want to know ‘where his speed has come from’, after Max Verstappen revealed his ‘suspicions’ over title rival

  • Red Bull boss Christian Horner admits Max Verstappen could not win in Brazil
  • Horner states that Verstappen had no defence from Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes
  • Hamilton charged through the field from 10th place to take a famous victory
  • But the team still have their ‘suspicions’ over the legality of Mercedes’ rear wing
  • Mercedes’ wing was found in breach of regulations on Friday after qualifying
  • Hamilton was disqualified from session despite Verstappen touching the wing











Red Bull are still looking to seek clarification over the legality of title rivals Mercedes’ rear wing following an enthralling Sao Paulo Grand Prix in Brazil.

Mercedes triumphed at Interlagos through Lewis Hamilton who stormed from tenth on the grid to take victory from title rival Max Verstappen late in the race to keep his hopes of landing a record eighth world championship in his hands.

Hamilton started the race from tenth due to a five-place grid penalty handed to him at the start of the weekend for changing an engine.

Red Bull boss Christian Horner is trying to seek answers over Mercedes’s new found speed

Max Verstappen saw his championship lead shrink to 14 points after Sunday's race in Brazil

Max Verstappen saw his championship lead shrink to 14 points after Sunday’s race in Brazil

With a fresh power boost, he was likely to start Sunday’s race from sixth after dominating qualifying for the Saturday sprint race by taking pole position, only for his rear wing to fail a technical infringement in relation to how wide it would open under application of the DRS device.

The disqualification proved controversial after Verstappen was seen to have touched the wing after qualifying yet he escaped with just a £43,000 fine.

But with a legal rear wing and help of a brand new engine, Hamilton was still able to come through the field and take a memorable victory.

Lewis Hamilton has won the Sao Paulo Grand Prix after a dramatic overtake of Verstappen

Lewis Hamilton has won the Sao Paulo Grand Prix after a dramatic overtake of Verstappen

Red Bull boss Christian Horner though was left perplexed at how the Brit could still run so fast in a straight line, despite having high levels of downforce which would otherwise slow down a car’s acceleration.  

‘Congratulations to Mercedes and Lewis they were very quick. It was unraceable,’ Horner told Sky Sports. ‘We put up as big of a defence as we could. Max did his best and raced hard.

‘Their straight-line speed is really impressive. That new engine. Max can’t defend against that, any other driver had to get within 0.4 seconds to get near to an overtake.

‘If Mercedes were within 0.9 seconds they could be in the braking area at the end of the straight. That’s a potent weapon with fast tracks coming up.’

Red Bull however have concerns over the Mercedes rear wing flexing – which led to Verstappen inspecting Hamilton’s car after qualifying on Friday.

Verstappen was fined £43,000 for touching Hamilton's rear wing in parc ferme on Friday

Verstappen was fined £43,000 for touching Hamilton’s rear wing in parc ferme on Friday

There were suggestions that the team could protest after the Sao Paulo Grand Prix but it appears Horner and his team wish to gather more evidence first.

‘We won’t be protesting at this race,’ Horner added. ‘It’s important to understand where the speed came from. They’ve got a new engine and Monaco levels of downforce.

‘When he passed Max he was 30kph quicker on that lap. It’s something we need to understand and it’s down to the FIA to police the sport. We trust their tests. 

Verstappen admitted after the sprint race on Saturday that he still had ‘suspicions’ over his title rivals.

He said: ‘We have our suspicions, and I still think there is something going on with the main plane (of the rear wing) giving them top speed. There is clearly something going on.’ 

On-board footage unavailable during the race has seen Mercedes call for a fresh inquest

On-board footage unavailable during the race has seen Mercedes call for a fresh inquest

Verstappen pushed Hamilton wide of track but the Red Bull escaped any punishment

Verstappen pushed Hamilton wide of track but the Red Bull escaped any punishment

Mercedes said that the emergence of new evidence means the incident should be investigated

Mercedes said that the emergence of new evidence means the incident should be investigated

Mercedes chief Toto Wolff has constantly claimed his team are obeying the rules and have been compliant with the regulations.

The Silver Arrows themselves have shown interest in taking action on Verstappen and Red Bull after to them it appeared the Dutchman tried to force Hamilton off the road while defending the lead at Interlagos.

No action was taken during the race but after new footage emerged from the Dutchman’s onboard camera this week, Mercedes have sought the FIA to investigate the incident again. 

The fierce title rivals are set to go to battle again in the first of three races to end the season this weekend for the inaugural Qatar Grand Prix at the Losail circuit, with Verstappen leading the world championship by 14 points. 

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