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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January 21, 2011 3:30 AM

You knit wits. It didn't matter if the wing flexed on the track. For sure it did. The only thing that mattered was that it pass the FIA inspection. It not only passed, it passed another ADDED test for deflection and was declared legal. Not to the sporting reg but to the letter of the law. Good job to Newey.


January 21, 2011 7:53 AM

norville. i think that it is you who is naive! if everyone, including the rule makers and the appliers, say that the wings were legal, and you say they were illegal, who do you think that i, or anyone else would believe? and as for you saying mclarens wing was stiff, well if you refer to my posts BEFORE the bulls were questioned, you will see that i drew attention to the movement in the MCLAREN wing. and if you refer to reports after the questions, you will see that mclaren had to modify their wing to conform, but bulls did NOT need to !
get over it. there was nothing illegal about the bulls contd


January 21, 2011 7:56 AM

contd. if you also remember, at the start of the season, mclaren had the f-duct, which many felt was illegal. it was a close call, but it was considered legal. i dont hear you giving out about that! the other teams accepted the position, and then developed one themselves. it is just that some, including yourself, cannot understand the mechanics of the bulls wing, and in your mind, it must be illegal!

Firestorm - Unregistered

January 21, 2011 8:38 AM

McLaren always promises a lot to their fans but never win a constructor championship,at least since 1998.The 2003 car(Mp4-18) was innovative as well.This car didn't race any grand prix.The Mp4-20 was innovative too.Yes they won many races but the Mp4-20(of 2005) wasn't reliable and didn't manage to beat the Renault team.The Mp4-22(in 2007) with the great show in Valencia when this car was launched.At the end didn't manage to challenge Ferrari and copied some Ferrari projects by spying the Maranello based outfit.And McLaren was well punished.Whitmarsh said the the car is innovative but not the best.They will show theirselfs on the track.

norville2 - Unregistered

January 21, 2011 11:03 AM

Why would i need to complain about the F Duct...it was not illegal.

Marting Whitmarsh asked the FIA to clarify Red Bulls flexible wings, this was so that if it was legal then he would then design flexible wings for the McLaren.

Tealeaf - Unregistered

January 21, 2011 11:59 AM

Ah Whitless running his mouth off yet again, saying stuff like that about his driver pairing just adds fire to all the other top drivers's bellies, and why would he even come out boasting how 'innovative' his new car is anyway? Something's not right here and only the stopwatch will tell after winter testing.

Tealeaf - Unregistered

January 21, 2011 12:08 PM

I'll explain why Redbull got hampered by missing a weeks worth of testing last year, first of all mechanical failures for Vettel in both the first and second race which would of netted him 100 points but only came away with a handful, secondly Webber couldn't find a setup in time and even with the fastest car he struggled in Bahrain whilst Redbull looked lost in understanding the car for wet conditions as Australia and China showed, and lastly they also struggled with longer runs on heavy tanks relative to their qualifying compared to the others.

Calvin _

January 21, 2011 1:34 PM

Richard, I can accept that there may be a disparity between the regulations and the tests that are carried out to see if something complies with the regulations. If the test is not good enough, does that mean that it is legal? It's debatable.

The reason that the RBR wing got so much press was due to the photos which showed the wings in a position that people did not expect.

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