Continuing the allegations laid against the team in 2010, the Milton Keynes squad has been accused of running a front wing with extremities that flex under aerodynamic load – so much so that mechanics were seen repairing damage to the undersides of the wings’ endplates at the Australian Grand Prix.
The FIA responded to these allegations last year by increasing the load bearing threshold – the weight applied to the wing to determine if it flexes – and on each occasion the RB6 was put through scrutineering, it passed.
Whiting has confirmed that the same process has been followed for the 2011 RB7 challenger, which was found to conform to the regulations once again.
“We have found nothing unusual,” he told Germany’s Bild newspaper. “The car is in order.”
The real concern for the team’s main rivals is the overall gap in lap-time to the Red Bull team – particularly evident in qualifying where Sebastian Vettel took pole at Albert Park by 0.8 seconds in a KERS-less car – and it is widely believed that the German didn’t have to extend himself en route to winning the first race of the season.
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