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Why flexi-wings are a hot topic again in F1

OPINION: Wing flex has long been a grey area within the Formula 1 rulebook that teams have always tried to exploit to gain lap time. Amid the intense fight at the front in 2024, it this has again become a topic of major discussion

Like deaths and taxes, there is another certainty in life: that as long as aerodynamics remains a part of Formula 1, we will get flexi-wing controversies. The issue has become a hot topic again as the fight at the front of the field heats up – and Mercedes has got itself seemingly back in the hunt with its own design that exploits what its technical director James Allison refers to as a ‘playground’.

But what makes the current situation especially fascinating is that it comes amid a growing realisation from some teams that the only way to be successful with the current generation of ground-effect cars is by exploiting a bit of legal trickery with the front wing.

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