Why F1's flexi-wing war has triggered the latest clampdown

Why F1's flexi-wing war has triggered the latest clampdown
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Why F1's flexi-wing war has triggered the latest clampdown

The controversy surrounding bodywork flexibility in Formula One has been a long-standing issue between teams and the governing body. The challenge lies in determining the acceptable margin of flexibility, as the bodywork is designed to flex at high speeds, making physical measurements unreliable. Static load and push tests are limited in detecting flexion, as dynamic behavior during motion is crucial. Teams incorporate flexibility into their components to pass garage tests while still achieving desired aerodynamics on the track. However, there are instances when teams go beyond the acceptable limits, prompting the FIA to tighten regulations. The FIA recently notified teams of a clampdown on bodywork flexibility, expanding it to include both front and rear wings. Concerns primarily revolve around the design of endplates, mounting pillars, and the reduction of drag to enhance downforce. Monitoring methods such as rear-facing cameras and reference dots on wing elements have been employed to detect excessive flexion.

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Source: Autosport.com

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