Hamilton and Button's team dismisses Red Bull boss's complaints
5 March 2010

F1 testing pace-setter McLaren has insisted its rear wing is within the regulations, despite questions from Red Bull about its legality.

Red Bull boss Christian Horner claimed this week that his outfit and Ferrari were unhappy about the way that McLaren was using the airbox and engine cover to help stall the rear wing of the MP4-25 - which could give the team a straight-line advantage.

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"There's a bit of a fuss over McLaren's rear wing," Horner said. "They have a slot on it and they can pick up a lot of straight-line speed.

"I think it will get resolved before the first race. We've asked the FIA for clarification although I think Ferrari are probably more excited than we are to be honest."

McLaren has, however, moved to play down the matter - and says it is not only sure the design is wholly within the regulations but also has questioned whether Ferrari are as upset as Red Bull Racing.

A spokesman for the Woking-based team said: "We're very confident that our car is entirely legal - and we're not aware of any protest. In fact, we've spoken to Ferrari this morning and they're not aware of any protest either."

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5 March 2010

God, it's started already! This is the kind of nonsense that damages F1. They should be able to phone an FIA guy to come and have a look at it and declare it legal or not before we get into this silliness which mars every season. When the race finishes you don't know if it's the result or not until the FIA have had their input, never mind the sometimes stupid race stewards. This season could be a real cracker, but if this puerile silliness starts then I wil turn off. What would be the point of watching if what you see happen isn't necessarily how it will turn out?

5 March 2010

[quote Freelance journo]They should be able to phone an FIA guy to come and have a look at it and declare it legal or not [/quote]

Which is effectively what Red Bull have done. Horner's mistake was mentioning it to the Daily Telegraph, so now it's a major issue, despite the fact both Red Bull nor Ferrari (the two teams named) have declared that they have no intention of protesting it. Instead, they are busily preparing their own rear wings (as is everyone else, i am sure) so that if the FIA declares it legal, they will have theirs ready to go in Bahrain too.

5 March 2010

It'll be legal unless Lewis and Jenson walk away with the first few races. The FIA may have `tolerated' Brawn's early success last year, but their well known anti McLaren sentiments won't allow them to stand by and see it happen again.

 

5 March 2010

I'm willing to bet that it's legal as- like the mass damper on the Renault a few seasons back- the car is probably designed to work with that particular aspect and without it would probably under-perform (this is purely speculation on my part btw).

I doubt Mclaren would have taken the risk if they thought it would be banned- they must be pretty confident that it's legal.

5 March 2010

Even so, I'm with Leslie Brook on this one. It will be perfectly legal - up until McLaren wins a race!

5 March 2010

If Rooney wore a new pair of boots would Liverpool protest?

If Strauss got a new bat would Australia complain?

Why, oh, why is it always F1.

Every F1 fan cannot wait for the new season so just stick to the racing guys.

Anyway, should Red Bull not have wings anyway....

7 March 2010

[quote sotw]

Why, oh, why is it always F1.

Every F1 fan cannot wait for the new season so just stick to the racing guys.

[/quote]

I don't think it is only Formula 1, there seems to be a pattern when an organisation such as those controlling F1 and Football is dominated by an individual with too much power. Formula 1 is a classic mess, but in my opinon so is football, though I love motorsport, and wouldn't mind a bit if football ceased to exist tomorrow.

Over the week-end I was with some friends who happen to be football fanatics, so I saw things I would normally avoid. Having seen snips of the Portsmouth v Birmingham match, when the television clearly showed a Birmingham goal, which was not allowed by the officials. I then learned that the bloke who seems to be in charge of football (Blatters?) has ruled that devices to ensure that ensure that when a goal is scored the correct result can be determined should not be allowed. SO the pillock in charge would rather ensure that wrong decisions can continue.

Its a pity there isn't some heavenly ombudsman who can sent a bolt of ligthning to reduce such self serving idiots to plasma

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