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Helmut Marko

Marko doesn't believe Wolff threats: Mercedes front wing wobbliest of all!

Helmut Marko believes Toto Wolff's threats to protest against Red Bull's front wings at the Azerbaijan GP are just posturing, and that the Mercedes front wing is the most flexible on the grid.

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Helmut Marko believes that Mercedes aren't likely to lodge a protest against Red Bull in Baku, due to the chain of events such an action might set off.

With flexible rear wings the main topic of discussion recently, the FIA has introduced more stringent tests that will come into force from June 15. This means that, for the Azerbaijan GP, teams can still use whatever rear wing design they already have.

This means that Red Bull can continue to use their 'flexible' rear wing, if they wish, and Mercedes' Toto Wolff has already indicated that he will be going to the steward's offices if this happens. But Marko doesn't believe that Wolff actually wants to go down that route, as Red Bull have already taken note of the Mercedes' flexing front wing.

“Mercedes would have to protest against eight cars," Marko explained to F1-Insider.com.

"Because in addition to us, Ferrari, Alfa Romeo and Alpine are also affected. Do you really want to do that and cause a major scandal? I do not think so."

“We expect that the tests for the front wing will now also be tightened, that's just fair. Because especially the front wing of Mercedes is the most wobbly candidate in this area. In any case, there is also potential for protest."

Speaking over the Monaco weekend, Wolff explained that Mercedes' front wing is only flexing as much as some other, meaning that both teams could end up protesting against each other.

"We've analysed the front wings and they are bending exactly the same way [as] the Red Bull and the Mercedes wing so we could be protesting each other on the front wing also," Wolff told Sky Sports F1.

"But it's clear that the rear wing bends more than it should. Under the rules, it has been classified as non conformant, but we are left in a vacuum where a new test will be introduced after Baku. So, it is what it is but we have played it pretty robust in our legal position and it's just an advantage."

But Marko is particularly annoyed with Mercedes' behaviour, referring to the DAS (Dual-Axis Steering) system that was fitted to the W11. Found legal by the FIA after an investigation, the system was banned for this season.

“In Formula 1, it is part of the game that the teams look carefully when the competition has something special about the car," Marko explained.

"We did that when Mercedes came around the corner with the innovative DAS system last year. The FIA ​​has declared the system illegal, but they were still allowed to use it until the last race. We accepted that. Why doesn't Mercedes now accept that the same thing is done with our rear wing? "

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