F1 » McLaren coy on car's competitiveness, envious of Ferrari

McLaren Racing managing director Jonathan Neale offers his thoughts on the team's competitiveness heading into the F1 2010 curtain-raising Bahrain Grand Prix at Sakhir - and explains why everybody is 'quite relaxed' about the rear wing issue...

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Ernie Spellcheck - Unregistered

March 09, 2010 3:53 PM

'little to separate the four anticipated title contenders this year McLaren, Ferrari, Red Bull Racing and Ferrari'

Do people not even read what they are about to publish these days? Or are Ferrari running a second team to make up the numbers? One make series here we go...

Gordon Shumway - Unregistered

March 09, 2010 4:56 PM

tequila, maybe if you stopped drinking so much you'd be able to see that the article on yahoo is actually FROM crash, not the other way round. it specifically says in there 'told crash.net' and even has a big crash logo at the top of the page. maybe you should take a closer look yourself before you post comments like that again in the future.


March 09, 2010 5:11 PM

see that little scoop on the body, to the right of the drivers helmet. it is reported that this contains a flap which can be opened or closed by the driver, thus ducting air to the rear, and allow the wing to stall, creating less drag. it is now being investigated to determine whether this is a "movable aerodynamic device", something that is prohibited. it will be interesting to see the outcome of this one! mclaren are hedging their bets, and have brought an alternative wing etc to bahrain.

alex - Unregistered

March 09, 2010 5:55 PM

richard, wherever does it say McLaren are bringing an alternative wing to Bahrain ?

The purpose of the snorkel/scoop/flap is not confirmed and that or any other explanation is speculative so far.

If you have seen different, please post it.

It is hard to believe there will be a problem, McLaren have been totally open about it with the FIA, it has been cleared and unless they are a second a lap faster than the others round Shakir, I cannot see it being banned. The FIA were so not bothered they have not got a Tech inspection done on it yet, despite having the chance, how can they ban something they have already explicitly approved ?

This is the Post Mad Max FIA, right ?

alex - Unregistered

March 09, 2010 6:14 PM

ooops... P-F1 have just said McLaren are taking an alternative rear wing to Bahrain....

Shame on the FIA for not getting their fingers out and the right men on the right planes to sort this out before the season begins.


March 09, 2010 6:15 PM

alex, mclaren bringing alternative parts, is on several other sites! the fia have not "cleared" the wing, and/or the scoop. charlie has given his opinion, but has not done his official inspection as yet. he was delayed in doing so due to travel difficulties, not because the fia "were not bothered". if a team protests a part of the car, they have a right to do so. i am making no judgement, just reporting what has been disclosed. two years ago, ferrari had a nose vent. there were suggestions that there was a controllable flap in it. there wasnt, but a team is reported to have sought clarification. if there is a controllable flap, for whatever reason, it is an adjustible aerodynamic device!!


March 09, 2010 7:20 PM

andrew. thats also my personal view. but as the device has not been inspected as yet, we dont know if there is a controllable flap inside. however, mclaren bringing alternatives to bahrain, hints that there is considerable doubt as to its acceptability.

alex - Unregistered

March 09, 2010 8:35 PM

Not sure who is disagreeing with you two, or why...

It is pretty clear that this whole matter should have been sorted out already. Why should McLaren be distracted and have to waste time and money making alternative parts for a device the FIA were asked to look at, and accepted as legal several months ago ?

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