F1 » 'Innovative' McLaren will provoke 'lots of discussion'

Martin Whitmarsh tells Crash.net that the new McLaren-Mercedes MP4-26 will be 'innovative' and provoke 'lots of discussion' - and with 'the best driver pairing in F1', it will also vie for title glory in 2011

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Martin Adams - Unregistered

January 20, 2011 10:21 PM

Hey guys why we are on innovation and ideas we all beleive we know so much and comment lots what one innovation would you peeps like to see????

i think we should do away with stupid tyre rules that are only there to advertise the tyre brand and go touring car style with 3 sprint races each weekend the final with a reverse grid... not every race but maybe every other race ...

or how about 1 out 10 races they all draw numbers from a hat and swap cars see who is good then? only ideas to provoke discussion

go lewis..... see you at spa again this year :)

Hairpin - Unregistered

January 20, 2011 10:29 PM

The reason for not making the first test with their new car, can't be lack of time, if someone on this site is to be believed, and they claim to be in the know, that Maclaren had the new car in their simulator, sometime back in may ! !.LOL
The new regs weren't written then.?
I think it might be a dog, and the beginning of the decline of Mac as did Williams.
Loosing a dominant engine in 2012 won't help.

Rob01 - Unregistered

January 20, 2011 10:34 PM

Norville, the RedBull wing passed all test including the additional(double weight) test put on them. Nothing wrong with the wing at all. You will see it again this year.

Hairpin..loosing a dominant engine? The new engine reg coming out will be easily matched by all teams and engine suppliers.

norville2 - Unregistered

January 20, 2011 11:07 PM


Don,t be so naive. Not sure where you are but on out TV screens they showed us the slow motions pictures of the Red Bulls and the McLaren going around the same corner, you could quite clearly see the Red Bull front wing almost touching the floor and the McLaren front wing rigid and way off the floor. Red Bull knew the test was coming and they were even told so. They changed their wings to past the test....simple as that....I know what I saw...1 car with a flexable wing and 1 car with a very rigid wing......

Mark _

January 20, 2011 11:31 PM

@Marin Adams - I would not be in favor of such a major change in the championship events. It would be interesting to have some non-championship races with precisely the types of ideas that you have proposed.

Mark _

January 20, 2011 11:42 PM

@norville2 - It is pretty hard to know anything definitive about their wing from what we saw on the TV or in pictures. The wing may have been closer to the ground but we don't know if the wing was what was moving. It may have been the suspension or even lower tire pressure. Do we even know if their wings are exactly the same width and height as the McLaren when not under load? In any case they never failed a test so whatever was or wasn't going on it was legal.


January 21, 2011 12:21 AM

Mark--the wing flexed, period. And later other teams had wings that flexed. Just remember the front shock absorber taken away from Renult being called a 'move-a-ble' areo device. A flexing-on purpose, front wing is set up as moveable. No hard feelings towards the Bulls, but they got away with one there. We all know it as do you. Good nite all...

Martin Adams - Unregistered

January 21, 2011 2:09 AM

@mark love the idea a non championship race providing its at a circuit like laguna seca or maybe the Nordschleife? just a race for the fans maybe even for charity but i could see it being a very popular addition to the f1 season. might have to bring back the v12's for that too :)

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