F1 » Hamilton writes off victory hopes as McLaren seek downforce

McLaren-Mercedes is in much better shape than at this stage last year, affirms former F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton - but probably still not quite quick enough to challenge for victory in the 2010 curtain-raising Bahrain Grand Prix at Sakhir

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March 13, 2010 6:08 PM

isnt their knee operated device meant to reduce downforce anyway? maybe lulu had his knee covering the operation device, for a full lap. after all, the cockpit in that area is actually designed to support the knee in turns, so it would be possible for their device to malfunction! i see that their diffuser has to be modified, as it is in contravention of the rules, although oddly, they can use it tomorrow!!

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March 13, 2010 7:06 PM

@ Richard

The FIA may have missed an opportunity there (or maybe not).
Seems like the perfect opportunity to negotiate the permanent removal of the debatable rear wing stall system in order to allow them to compete with their currently illegal car for this event?


March 13, 2010 8:13 PM

sunny. well how is it that the mclaren diffuser has to be removed for the next race as it contravenes the regs, yet it is allowed to run tomorrow?? and as charlie was meant to have examined the mclaren, how come he made no mention of this diffuser??


March 13, 2010 8:47 PM

hey sunny, speaking of things being not 100% legal... i was under the impression theat the regs outlawed any openings in the engine covers between the back of the driver cell and the end of the exhaust system? then i notice to day that ferrari appear to have some kind of 'shark gill' arrangement immediately infront of the exhaust exits! together with their 'fancy' wheels seems ferrari as well as many other teams are bending the rules to the limit... but then i guess f1 engineers have always done this over the years.

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