So, this obviously has much to do with the quali pace of the RBR's all season and now the Ferrari's improved pace I would assume.
Could this have been the real reason behind all the whispers about RBR having the ability to run lower when required? I mean those rumors all started because some people said they could hear the red bull scraping on the ground in places (am I right in remembering this?) looking at the pics the end plates look as if they are almost touching the ground - could it be those that were heard scraping the track?
They have been deemed legal, so does that mean they are not flexing? If they are not flexing then can someone explain what is happening here?
FIA say this...
Now, I am not an engineer, nor an expert in aerodynamics, but I am also not stupid and it is clear as can be from these photographs that the front wing end plates are somehow moving closer to the ground, regardless of what angle the pics have been taken from or how much fuel is in the car. The idea that these pics do not indicate anything suspicious is astounding, Though I gather the FIA have tested them, so they are legal, although one suspects it is more likely to be that RBR have found (and Ferrari worked out) a very clever loophole in the regs.
Surely every other team knows exactly what is happening here by now? I don't understand why McLaren have not worked this out already to be honest. Hopefully they will have a new wing this weekend.
What an odd thing for the FIA to say:
The FIA was happy that the explanations [...] did not indicate anything suspicious.
It is not a question of whether the explanations indicate somethign suspicious, it is a question of whether the photos do. And, yes, the explanations could
be correct but it seems to be the pictures themselves generate enough of a suspicion to test whether those explanations are correct or not - ie invoke this procedure:
3.17.8 In order to ensure that the requirements of Article 3.15 are respected, the FIA reserves the right to introduce further load/deflection tests on any part of the bodywork which appears to be (or is suspected of), moving whilst the car is in motion.
It wouldn't be that difficult to increase the load applied and see what kind of movement you get. If you discovered a very non-linear flex - ie the wings stayed pretty still with loads up to XN, then moved a significant degree with just a small additional load, then remained relatively static again - then I think you could be pretty clear that this was an attempt to pass the 3.17 tests without respecting 3.15.