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Midlands disqualified over rear-wing flex 30 Jul 2006

Christijan Albers (NDL) MF1 M16.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 12, German Grand Prix, Race, Hockenheim, Germany, 30 July 2006

Both Midland cars have been disqualified from the results of the German Grand Prix for having rear wings that were deemed to be flexible. Christijan Albers and Tiago Monteiro had finished 13th and 14th respectively at Hockenheim.

Flexible rear wings have been the subject of much scrutiny this season and the latest interpretation of Article 3.15 of Formula One racing’s Technical Regulations requires parts of the car influencing aerodynamic performance to be rigidly secured to and remain immobile in relation to the unsprung part of the car.

After examining the Midland cars, race stewards decided that the lower element of their rear wings contravened this, hence both cars were removed from the official results. Midland have the right to appeal the stewards’ decision.