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GP Week : Issue 113
F1 NEWS >> FORMULA One’s innovative Drag Reduction System could be banned altogether for the forthcoming Monaco Grand Prix weekend, amid safety fears on the narrow barrier-lined circuit. The moveable rear wing has been successfully run at the first three races in Australia, Malaysia and China, but Autosport is reporting that the FIA is considering to disable it for the world’s most famous street race. Monaco’s high-downforce requirement and almost continuous cornering would give the DRS less of an impact than at other tracks. The lack of a long straight would also make the advantage of using DRS to overtake almost negligible. The FIA is most concerned about safety in practice qualifying however, when drivers use DRS at every available opportunity. A decision will reportedly be made at the Turkish Grand Prix in a fortnight’s time, with the Monaco round due to take place on May 29. “BORING” is how chief technical officer of Red Bull, Adrian Newey, describes the renewed controversy over the flexible front wings on his RB7 race-winner, a year on from when the debate first brewed in the paddock. Speaking via the Red Bull website, Newey reiterated that his car was still passing the tests being placed on it by the FIA: “ To be honest, it’s a bit boring. I’ve had a season of people moaning about our front wing last year. The tests were made more rigorous by the FIA, it’s examined in great detail,” said Newey. “I mean, frankly, I think it’s an effort by one team in particular to get a change in regulations because the regulations are very clear in terms of what you can and cannot do with the front wing.” Although Newey doesn’t elaborate on which team he is accusing of looking to get a rules change, McLaren is the only one this year that has been questioning Red Bull’s flexible wing, and was also at the centre of last year’s campaign to get the FIA to clamp down on the rules. “ The rest comes down to how you run the car. We choose to run the car with quite a lot of rake; that means high at the rear, low at the front,” Newey continued. “Others, McLaren for instance, have chosen to take the opposite route. They run the car quite low-rake. Once you run the rear low, that means the front wing is automatically high.” New tests were brought in this year to limit front wing flexibility, with all cars having been passed legal by scrutineers. DRS to be banned at Monaco? Flexible wings controversy “boring” – Newey 11