F1 » McLaren hope to gain half-a-second in qualifying from diffuser ban

With the FIA's clampdown on off-throttle blown diffusers going ahead as planned from the British Grand Prix at Silverstone onwards, McLaren-Mercedes is eyeing an opportunity to turn the tables on Red Bull Racing...

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June 17, 2011 12:42 PM

newey will have something up his sleeve. he knew about this possibility over a month ago. what i find disconcerting is the fact that the likes of mclaren etc wanted this new rule, so they could catch up, being unable to understand or replicate what the bulls had done. sad really. if you cant beat them, get the rules changed!

Ronny - Unregistered

June 17, 2011 12:57 PM

The biggest laugh here is newey is like one of the lads. He went to a leaser university to oxford and cambridege and yet mclaren etc is full of oxford and cambridge boffs - the so called brains of the world. And yet time and time again he out smarts the brains at mclaren etc. Fair play to newey, and i bet mclaren wish they had kept hold of him.

Calvin _

June 17, 2011 12:59 PM

Newey may well have something up his sleeve, but how long will it take to get working. We all know that their KERS has taken a while and that was designed into the car from the outset, while this is an unexpected ad hoc change.

As for McLaren, or any other team, no one really knows who will win and who will lose from the change, although I have to agree with a poster on another thread who said that the ones who will suffer most are the ones making the most noise now. Sort of makes sense.

decko - Unregistered

June 17, 2011 1:03 PM

I think that the use of this blown diffuser and the use off DRS throughout the quailfying lap, does give RBR an advantage, that taking mclaren a good 20 or 30 laps to get back on terms with, but as we know catching and passing is two seperate things, i would really like to see DRS limited to what they have on sunday and thats it open just once or now twice during quali and blown diffusers done away with, as petrol should be only ignited in the cylinder

Taz - Unregistered

June 17, 2011 1:08 PM

If I was cynical I'd say bernie was pegging back Red Bull to try and make the championship more exciting, it's not like Renault were going to threaten the top teams and both these teams had the most advanced systems.

RB were pegged back on flexi floors last year but it didn't change the outcome.


June 17, 2011 1:33 PM

decko. if you had drs limited to race type use, you would have cars going around trying to stay close to another car at the drs line, so as to get a fast lap. i hate drs, but if it has to be in the race to artificially create passing, then disable it totally in practice and quali.

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