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McLaren readies itself for a development race to decide the winner of the 2010 F1 title

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Tealaf - Unregistered

August 26, 2010 12:11 PM

They don't need to worry, spa and especially monza should yield an Hamilton win, after that I'm sure vettel and webber will harm each other and more than likely to lose the championship! Hamilton will win the title regardless of who wins the arms race, alonso and Ferrari will get points taken from them from the WMSC so they're out, button and massa's too slow too be a factor so if mclaren can develop well like they say then it'll make hamilton's 2010 title even easier, don't look beyond a mclaren double.

kiwibob

August 26, 2010 1:03 PM

Tea leaf you sure it was tea leafs you were reading to come up with that theory my moneys on red bull for this one but thats just my opinion is all and i reckon ferrari will be in the picture as well :)

richard

August 26, 2010 1:15 PM

if it is wet, as forecast, the teams with the best downforce will be at an advantage, as they will be able to lay the rubber down best. therefore, the advantage will be with red bull and then ferrari. merc, who seem to have too much drag/downforce, might actually be in a stronger position than mclaren.

rob01

August 26, 2010 1:58 PM

Development?? Sounds like Martin and Ross have been busy in FIa's ear. New additional test for front wing and underside of car for Monza. They know something is going on under the car that helps bring the front wing to the ground. If I am correct the Bulls and Red will have to make a big change to the car after this race. They both may pass this weekend but next is going to cause some major headaches.

rob01

August 26, 2010 2:06 PM

there may be some reverse enginering for two teams.

Amid mounting speculation that the lower front wings observed on the Red Bull Racing and Ferrari cars are being put into use through clever flexing of the car's floor, rather than the wings flexing down themselves, the FIA is to introduce extra tests on the underside area of the car.

In a document sent to teams during the summer break by Charlie Whiting, FIA technical chiefs have been informed that extra tests are to take place on the floor of the chassis - especially in the 'tea tray' area at the front edge.

The teams have not been told exactly what the tests will be - only that they will take place 380mm behind the front wheel centre line at points 100mm either side of the car centre line.

Furthermore, it is understood that the FIA is to revise the regulations regarding skid blocks, to ensure that joints in this area do not allow freedom that could help the floor to flex.

rob01

August 26, 2010 2:08 PM

cont...
From the Italian Grand Prix it is understood that the skid block can comprise of no more than two pieces, and that no piece of the skid block can be less than one metre long. A number of teams are understood to use several sections of skid block on the underside of their floor.

To further ensure teams are not deflecting the floor, from Monza all joints, bearing pivots and any other form of articulation must also be fixed.

The move by the FIA comes on the back of weeks of controversy about flexible front wings - with Red Bull Racing and Ferrari's designs having come under intense scrutiny

Alan D - Unregistered

August 26, 2010 4:22 PM

Rob, really interesting snippet you've picked up there. If they do find the Ferrari's or Red Bulls or others have excessively flexing floors, (and that's a big if since no-one has been tested yet) and if it isn't something that can be fixed before the race, I hope they don't resort to disqualifying cars. That would ruin it for the fans. I think it would be better if they allow failing cars to race this time but make it clear that it has to be fixed by the next race. Or at worst give them a grid drop but still allow them to race.

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