Things are heating up for the 2021 Formula One season, especially between the Mercedes and Red Bull drivers. But the mood is also tense behind the scenes, as was shown in an incident in Monaco. Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has publicly accused Red Bull of not following all the rules when building their own rear wing. This so-called “rear wing gate could have far-reaching consequences, especially ahead of the upcoming race in Baku.
Toto Wolff has made it clear that he is not implying any intent, but the matter still needs to be clarified. The background: Formula 1 has introduced new rules for the rear wings this season to reduce speeds on the straights and make overtaking maneuvers easier. According to Wolff, Red Bull has violated these rules and thus gained an unfair advantage.
Reactions to Wolff’s accusations are divided. While some experts share his concerns, there are also voices calling the criticism excessive and unfair. What is clear, however, is that the “rear wing gate” is causing additional tension between Mercedes and Red Bull and could make the race in Baku even more exciting.
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff warns Red Bull in rear wing-gate ahead of Baku race
Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff has issued a warning to rival Red Bull ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix. The two teams are currently in a dispute over the rules for rear wings in Formula 1. Wolff threatened that Mercedes would take legal action if Red Bull cheats on the controversial component.
Rear-wing gate has led to heated debate in Formula One and could have an impact on the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, which takes place next weekend in Baku. Wolff, however, stressed that he would prefer the conflict to go away, as he doesn’t want any distractions from his drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.
- Red Bull is keeping its cool:
Although Red Bull appears to be unimpressed by Mercedes’ threat, team boss Christian Horner stressed that his team will comply with the rules. However, he indicated that the situation in Formula 1 needs to be better resolved by the rule makers to avoid similar incidents in the future.
Formula 1 race in Monaco: Mercedes boss Toto Wolff criticizes Red Bull
The Formula 1 race in Monaco is an annual highlight of motorsport. But this year, the so-called “rear-wing-gate” is causing a stir for sensation. Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has publicly criticized Red Bull.
The rear wing gate relates to technical rules of the race cars, which are designed to ensure that all teams are on an equal footing in the race. But there are suspicions that Red Bull is manipulating here and thus has an advantage in the competition. Toto Wolff openly threatened to pillory Red Bull if that was indeed the case and calls for a review of the competition’s technology.
- The FIA has now launched an investigation to look into the allegations.
- In Formula 1, every millisecond counts, so Toto Wolff’s criticism of Red Bull is quite understandable.
- However, the race in Monaco will still be an exciting event for all motorsport fans.
Mercedes and Red Bull have been considered the biggest rivals in Formula 1 for years. The tension between the two teams has therefore increased further, not least because of the rear wing gate. Fans can look forward to an exciting race in the Principality of Monaco!