F1 » McLaren to chase 'illegal' advantage


McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh has admitted that his design team is working 'quite hard' on a ride height control system following suspicions that Red Bull already employs one.

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50 Cent - Unregistered

March 28, 2010 5:33 AM

RB has a very good car and there is no evidence they are doing anything illegal. Anything that influences the suspension like gas pressure or intentional manipulation of temperature would be illegal. The only problem is Martin Dimwhit is sniffing but can't put his finger on what makes the RB so good.

JOHN - Unregistered

March 28, 2010 9:38 AM

Well its F1 after all! Supposed to be cutting edge technology, but its either legal or illegal. The FIA have ridiculous policing and regulations. All sounds a bit dirty to me :D

realfan10 - Unregistered

March 28, 2010 10:20 AM

Martin Brundle made a similar reference to the low ride height of the Red Bull during qualifying. So I dont think Martin Whitmarsh's comments are just sour grapes. It does look extremely likely that RBR do have some kind of control, albeit a ratchet system that is set in the pits prior to qualifying. That is the dilema, is it legal???. I dont question Martin Brundle, he is an experienced driver/commentator.

scampsuzi - Unregistered

March 28, 2010 11:46 AM

I don't know the truth of this matter save to say that during practice two cars were scraping the deck on low fuel loads, Ferrari and the Red Bulls. If no ride height adjustment is available to them on full fuel loads they would hardly be able to move!

Love It - Unregistered

March 28, 2010 12:30 PM

ALMA - you need to take your red tinted glasses off and look around you objectively - Red Bull are one of the biggest complainers in F1.
Remember the double diffuser last year and Mclarren's air duct - both of which were deemed legal by the FIA, red bull were the biggest noise makers on both these points.
When a team comes up with an inovation other teams are right to question that inovation because that's how it's legality is proven or disproven, that's how F1 works, or hadn't you realised that?
So any team has the right to ask questions about another's cars, be it Red Bull, Mclarren, Ferrari , Force Inia or whoever!

Love It - Unregistered

March 28, 2010 12:35 PM

poprtubx, I agree with you that Red Bull ar certainly one of the richest on the grid, but I cannot see that that is a reason for hoping that things go horribly wrong for them.

Alma - Unregistered

March 28, 2010 3:04 PM

Agreed, but Whitmarsh is just making accusations, and then being a hypocrite about it. You don't complain about a competitor, then suddenly say its legal, and that you are thinking of implementing the same technology in your car. I think he is making himself look silly!

As for Ron Dennis, who isn't really directly connected to F1 anymore, claimed that Red Bull ran out of fuel, AFTER Horner cleared the story and said it was a spark plug issue.

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