Lewis Hamilton Cheating? – Red Bull ready to protest – With stiff competition for both the Drivers’ World Championship and Constructors’ World Champions between Mercedes and Red Bull, both parties have been involved in accusations and counter-accusations. Red Bull accused 7-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton and his team Mercedes of cheating by putting in REAR WING that gives undue & illegal advantage to the driver. Red Bull ready to Lodge Protest: Follow all Formula 1 LIVE Updates on InsideSport.in.
Amid cheating allegations, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton posted breezed past his competitors to take pole in Qatar. His teammate Valtteri Bottas managed second while Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was only third fastest.
Lewis Hamilton Cheating? Ahead of Qatar Grand Prix, Red Bull calls Hamilton’s Mercedes car ‘illegal’, ready to protest, follow live updates
Mercedes vs Red Bull: Red Bull claim Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes car is cheating others. Red Bull chief Christian Horner claims rear wing of Hamilton’s car breaks FIA rules by flexing too much at speed – giving Hamilton a huge amount of extra pace.
And ahead of this weekend’s crucial Qatar Grand Prix, Horner declared: “The straight line performance in the last two Grands Prix has gone exponential and that concerns us.
“Make no bones about it, if we see it on the car here it will be protested. If we believe the Mercedes car is not in compliance, we will protest.”
Lewis Hamilton Cheating? Why Red Bull Feels Lewis Hamilton & Mercedes is cheating?
- In layman’s terms, Horner is complaining of scuff marks on the end plates allegedly caused by an imperceptible flex of the wing under load,
- Red Bull feels that this modification in the REAR WING gives the defending champion some of the extra pace that powered him to his extraordinary victory in Sao Paulo.
- Hamilton fought back from grid penalties totalling 25 places to win the last GP in Brazil cutting the gap to Red Bull’s championship leader Max Verstappen to 14 points.
“When you see marks on the rear wing endplates that have been marking up from wings flexing, it is very clear what has been going on.
“It’s hidden in the way it operates, so it’s harder to spot from a camera.”, declared Horner.
What is Mercedes take? Mercedes insist their car is legal and team boss Toto Wolff declared: “Nobody would show up with an illegal engine or rear wing.
“The world is too transparent for that.”
2021 Formula 1 Current Driver Standings
- Max Verstappen (Red Bull) 332.5
- Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 318.5
- Bottas (Mercedes) 203
- Perez (Red Bull) 178
- Norris (Mclaren) 151
2021 Formula 1 Constructor Standings
- Mercedes 521.5
- Red Bull Racing Honda 510.5
- Ferrari 287.5
Qatar Grand Prix Practice: For the record, Hamilton was fourth quickest in both practice sessions on Friday; Verstappen first and third. It meant little, less than some of the words, in fact.
On Saturday, Valtteri Bottas pipped Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen to post the quickest lap. Hamilton finished second ahead of Verstappen at 3rd.
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