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Ferrari abandon new rear wing after structural concerns

Ferrari have elected to shelve a new rear wing that appeared to have structural issues during the opening F1 practice session in Bahrain.

Ferrari will not persist with a new rear wing that suffered from excessive flexing in the opening Formula 1 practice session of the Bahrain Grand Prix. Last season's championship runners-up attempted to run a new rear wing on Charles Leclerc's car during FP1, joining many teams in trialling new parts in between testing and the season-opening race. However, the wing was frequently seen to be moving from side to side, which would naturally raise questions about its stability. When asked if Ferrari would persist with the introduced rear wing, Team Principal Frederic Vasseur confirmed that the "test item" would be parked until a later date. "It was a test item that we are not able to do last week," confirmed Vasseur. "We tried to run it this morning but, as you saw, it was not very positive, and we won't run the wing during the weekend, but it will be back soon." On the other side of the Ferrari garage, Carlos Sainz was rooted to the bottom of the timing screens, with the Spanish driver having a spin at the double-left of Turns 9 and 10 partway through the session, before recovering to the pits.

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