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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes F1 W14, at the weighbridge
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How F1 moved away from subjective scrutineering on issues of flexing

OPINION: How flexible is too flexible in Formula 1 terms? PAT SYMONDS dives into the thorny question

From time to time we hear teams complaining that the bodywork on a rival’s car is too flexible. Often this leads to yet another test imposed by the FIA to ensure the principles of the regulations are being adhered to. But what are those principles and why is there a continual battle to find the limit of acceptability? 

Article 3 of the Formula 1 technical regulations covers aerodynamic components, and this regulation requires that all aerodynamic components or bodywork influencing the car’s aerodynamic performance must be rigidly secured and immobile with respect to their frame of reference. That, in the case of the majority of the bodywork and wings, is the chassis.

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