The Baku weekend began with a lot of talk about illegal ‘bendy wings’, further stoking the Mercedes/Red Bull rivalry – but it never amounted to much. How do you test legality when cars’ floors, front/rear wings, barge boards and such generate around 1.5 tons of downforce at 150mph and they can only test a fraction of it? People criticise the FIA, but it’s hard to police. The FIA test for a rear wing now allows a maximum deflection of 7mm at 50kg of load and there’s a new directive that will accept a 20% tolerance just for the first month of these new tests. In Baku, it ended up as a playground spat between Toto Wolff and Christian Horner. Not that interesting.
On track, the Lewis Hamilton vs Max Verstappen duel continues to get tasty, and Sergio Pérez put in a brilliant weekend. Before the race I said it could be the wrong time for him, wondering whether Red Bull would allow him to win because of Max and the title fight. Christian said it was too early for that, but it never is when you are aiming at a title. Then as luck would have it… Damn good on Checo.
“We used to get up to 3.5g, max. Today’s cars are over five. Incredible”