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Midland resolve rear wing problems 02 Aug 2006

Tiago Monteiro (POR) MF1 M16.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 12, German Grand Prix, Race, Hockenheim, Germany, 30 July 2006

Midland say there is no risk of the rear-wing problems that saw the team disqualified in Germany being repeated at this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix. Christijan Albers and Tiago Monteiro were stripped of their 13th and 14th place finishes at Hockenheim after stewards decided there was too much flex in the wing’s lower element.

With no implication that Midland intentionally flouted the rules, the team readily accepted the ruling and their own subsequent investigations have confirmed that aging components, rather than any inherent design fault, were the cause of the excessive movement.

“I think looking at the parts at the end of the race, I have to admit they were relatively old, and they weren’t in particularly good condition - they had softened up quite a bit,” explained Midland’s technical director, James Key. “They had done a lot of miles, and they tend to be subjected to a great deal of hot exhaust temperatures and that sort of thing.

“We are a small team, and we can’t always make lots of new bits for all the cars. But, to be honest, with the benefit of hindsight, we should probably have made some new bits a while ago, as that’s really what caused the problem.”

Midland now plan to have new or modified components in place in time for Hungary. They do not expect the changes to have any impact on performance.