The FIA is to implement stricter front-wing load tests at the Canadian Grand Prix in a bid to ensure no team is breaking the rules regarding moveable aerodynamic devices.
The technical rules are strict when it comes to flexible bodywork, therefore there are multiple checks the FIA can do during pre and post-race scrutineering to ensure teams comply.
Article 3.17.8 allows the governing body to “introduce further load/deflection tests on any part of the bodywork which appears to be (or is suspected of), moving whilst the car is in motion”.
It’s believed a number of teams are stretching the limit of the rule by creating complex wings to flex under pressure, for example down a straight, to reduce drag, but when it comes to scrutineering load tests, they pass.
The FIA has therefore issued a technical directive to all the teams ahead of the next race, informing them of the new, stricter test.
“[The] FIA intends to introduce a further load/deflection test on parts of the bodywork forward of the front wheels,” it reads.
“A 60N point load will be applied to any part of the trailing edge of any front wing flap, the load will be applied normal to the flap at the relevant point.
“Under the load, the deflection may not exceed 3mm when measured vertically at the trailing edge.”
Most recently Red Bull were found to be using flexible wings during the 2014 Abu Dhabi GP. Both cars were disqualified from qualifying as a result.