I wouldn't call it cheating in this instance. I'd call it merely exploiting a loophole in the regulations albeit perhaps against the spirit of them, but I can see why other people would call it cheating.cheeRS wrote: ↑Wed May 12, 2021 4:18 pmIn that case, all teams are cheating then. All teams have wings that flex..... if enough load is applied to them.djones wrote: ↑Wed May 12, 2021 3:23 pmSome would call it political warfare. I'd call it desperation from Redbull if they have indeed made a wing flex within the current testing methods.
And I know I know... it's not cheating if it passes the tests. But is an athlete who uses a new drug that cannot be tested for cheating, or just working within the rules? That is only ever subjective and everybody will have their own opinion.
If the rules, for instance, call for a wing that bends no more than 5 degrees when 100kg of load is applied to the middle, and Red Bulls wing doesn't bend until 101kg is applied, is that cheating? If all the other teams' wings don't bend until 150kg, but Red Bulls' wing bends at 101kg, so it flexes more over a lap, is Red Bull cheating?
Working within the rules is never cheating is by definition can only be objective, unless there is no subjective way to test the rule (in which case there isn't really rule; it's a guideline at best).
However, let's not forget all the teams do stuff like this and exploit grey areas all the time to get a competitive edge until such times as rules may be amended to stop it happening. There's no 'good' or 'bad' at play if you look at it objectively rather than subjectively.