One off flaw cause of Minardi wing problem

ONE-OFF FLAW CONFIRMED AS CAUSE OF WING PROBLEM Following its return from Barcelona, KL Minardi Asiatech immediately undertook extensive tests on the rear wing assembly of its PS02 chassis. While satisfied that the problem that caused the...

ONE-OFF FLAW CONFIRMED AS CAUSE OF WING PROBLEM

Following its return from Barcelona, KL Minardi Asiatech immediately undertook extensive tests on the rear wing assembly of its PS02 chassis. While satisfied that the problem that caused the failure on Mark Webber's car during the Sunday morning warm-up session for the Spanish Grand Prix was confined to a single component fitted to that car alone, the team yesterday conducted a series of structural checks on two identical rear wing structures at its Faenza factory.

One of these units was tested to in excess of 2.5 times the known maximum loading attained at any current Grand Prix circuit without any adverse affect. The other was taken to destruction and reached three times the known maximum loading experienced at the Circuit de Catalunya before failure occurred.

"We now know that the failure on Mark's car was a one-off problem with that component, but further strengthening will be incorporated in all of our rear wings, purely as an added precaution," comments KL Minardi Asiatech Team Principal, Paul Stoddart. "Wind tunnel testing has also verified that the modification will not result in any loss of vehicle performance. The work will be completed prior to the Austrian Grand Prix."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Mark Webber , Paul Stoddart
Teams Minardi