Mercedes W-12 of Lewis Hamilton has caused a lot of resentment in the Red Bull camp this season. The incredible speed of the Briton’s car down the straights is a matter of concern for the title rivals. However, the latest to join this conversation is Jos Verstappen, former F1 driver and father of championship leader Max Verstappen. Jos has put forward his concerns about the vastly superior car Hamilton is driving.
Notably, the Briton clinched back-to-back wins at Interlagos and Losail circuit. He marched through the midfield in Brazil like a tracer bullet and gained 25-positions throughout the weekend to win the Grand Prix. Furthermore, he finished the race in Qatar 25.743 seconds ahead of the Dutchman.
Former F3 champion spoke on the lines of Red Bull boss Christian Horner while addressing the issue. More recently, he urged the FIA to look into the matter of W-12’s rear wing. Red Bull have been raising this issue for quite some time now.
They suspect that the rear wing of Silver Arrows is flexing more than the prescribed limit of 85mm. Notably, Hamilton overtook Max Verstappen’s Red Bull on 58th lap at Interlagos with a relative speed of 30 km/h, which spurred this whole debate to another level.
In a recent interview with Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, Jos Verstappen was vocal about the same. “This huge difference in the straights from race to race, I’ve never seen it in my life. I think the FIA should keep an eye on the situation,” said Jos as reported by Formulapassion.
The Dutchman made wild accusations on rival the Mercedes after the Brazil GP. Furthermore, while the two drivers are battling it out on the track, going wheel-to-wheel, things have not been so professional on the outside. The team bosses have been at each other’s necks with every potential issue they find in rival cars. Meanwhile, Jos has made it clear that he is happy to lose if it’s a fair fight.
Nevertheless, he has gone a step ahead with this conversation. Jos firmly believes that Mercedes have some trick up their sleeve which is not in adherence to the rules. “It seems to me very strongly that they are doing something that is not allowed,” said the Dutchman as reported by PlanetF1.
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN – APRIL 26: Mercedes GP Executive Director Toto Wolff and Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner talk in the Team Principals Press Conference during practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Azerbaijan at Baku City Circuit on April 26, 2019 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
Mercedes were quick to refute the claims about the steering wheel and rear wing. This battle is expected to go down to the wire in Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi. Hopefully, things won’t escalate too much.