Sebastian Vettel says the new restrictions on flexing front wings introduced this year were aimed at curtailing Red Bull’s superiority.
“I think most of the changes to the front wing came in trying to stop us so something that we maybe did better or that the others couldn?óÔé¼Ôäót do and then there?óÔé¼Ôäós just one more thing, so it?óÔé¼Ôäós not a new situation,” said Vettel during today’s press conference.
Team mate Mark Webber played down the effect the rules change would have on the team’s performance: “We?óÔé¼Ôäóve had a lot of different front wing regulations in the last few years.”
“It’s normal in Formula One that we have to adjust technically around new rule changes, sometimes within the season itself, not just at the start of the season: January, February. We obviously make the car fit within those regulations and we will have to adjust the car around the findings of how that front wing will form in those new regulations, so that?óÔé¼Ôäós fine.”
Webber added he wasn’t concerned about the ban on ‘active’ Double DRS, which also removed one of Red Bull’s assets from 2012:
“In terms of the DRS, it?óÔé¼Ôäós not a big thing for us. I think that we have been OK in qualifying in the past, also quite strong in races so the effect of the DRS, the delta of the DRS, all those type of things which is not something that we?óÔé¼Ôäóre having a huge eye on, we?óÔé¼Ôäóre not disappointed that the DRS is less in qualifying.
“For example, Sebastian and I are very happy, we pushed quite hard to have DRS dropped down in terms of volume on Saturday afternoon so we?óÔé¼Ôäóre quite relaxed with that one.”
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