F1 » McLaren admit to 'contingency' plan over rear wing dispute

Whilst insisting that it remains fully 'confident' in the legality of the controversy-provoking rear wing on its MP4-25, McLaren-Mercedes will have an alternative package in Bahrain should the need arise, Jonathan Neale admits

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GreenEnvy 22

March 10, 2010 12:58 PM

Crash, come on.
Ferrari came out when this was first brought up by Red Bull, and said they have no issue with it.

It's fun to stir up controversy, especially with Ferrari involved, but in this case they have nothing to do with it.


March 10, 2010 1:10 PM

The original complaint was from both Ferrari and Red Bull. Ferrari have since dropped the complaint and it was reported last week that Red Bull are seeking clarification only but are not too concerned.

Wakey wakey crash!! This is old news.

As for mcLaren, taking an alternative package is the only sensible thing to do. If this device is declared legal I would expect a few similar devices to start appearing on other cars, particularly when the European races start.

Calvin _

March 10, 2010 1:13 PM
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Given the FIA's history with McLaren, this is the only course of action open to McLaren. Be ready if the FIA throws a wobbly.

And come on crash, the photo accompanying the story is woefully inadequate. The story is all about the "slot above the drivers helmet". How does the photo show this? It's the right photo is we were discussing diffusers. But we aren't.

alex - Unregistered

March 10, 2010 1:28 PM

Did Ferrari ever actually complain ?

Christian Horner of Red Bull was caught out trying to say Maranello had complained about it more loudly than RB, then was shown to be the only one complaining.

They may have the best designer in Newey, but it could be he has missed another important trick for the second year running.

The fact that McLaren have to divert resources to cover all eventualities does not bode well for F1 2010. It would be nice if they could compete without one or more hands tied behind their backs, as it has been before.


March 10, 2010 1:35 PM

calvin, the slot in question, is a small scoop, ahead of the driver, on the top of the tub.

green envy. the original query from rbr and ferrari, was, (my reading anyway) the question of a slot in the rear wing. at that time, there was no mention of a flap controlled intake, to bleed air through the monocoque and on to the wing. the first mention of this was on monday, when auto motor und sport raised the issue. so it is possible that other teams now have questions about the "flap". i just hope that, one way or the other, fia make a decision BEFORE practice starts, rather than have a lengthy and uncertain period, as happened last year.

cosworth9876 - Unregistered

March 10, 2010 2:54 PM

No Richard. Green envy is correct it has nothing to do with the scoop in front of the driver it is to do with the air passing through the engine cover and out on to the rear wing. There is no moveable aero devices involved. The air flows through out onto the under side of the rear wing stalling the air creating less drag.

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