Jenson Button, McLaren, Montreal, 2011

McLaren hope to benefit from rules change

2011 European Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Jenson Button, McLaren, Montreal, 2011
Jenson Button, McLaren, Montreal, 2011

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh says the restrictions on engine mapping to be introduced this weekend should be to their advantage.

Teams will no longer be able to change mappings between qualifying and the race, which should put a stop to the use of special ‘qualifying modes’.

When asked about the effect of the changes during a Vodafone McLaren Mercedes media call he said: “We’ve made some reasonable progress in the last three races.

“We have had the quickest race car but we haven’t had the quickest qualifying car.

“There are some changes this weekend in that the FIA will enforce a strict parc ferme regulation which will mean that the car as qualified races. Based on what I’ve just told you, we should be hopeful of that.

“But I think we’ve got to assume that everyone’s been working hard on that. We’ve got a few developments that were going to bring to the race, we’ve got two very motivated drivers and we’ll do our best to win there.”

Whitmarsh added the details of further changes to how teams use ‘hot-blown’ diffusers, to be introduced at Silverstone, were still being worked out

“It’s still a little bit up in the air. On the face of it, we’re making those changes that will be deemed necessary by the FIA.

“I think it’s quite a complex area. The precise characteristics of how they’re going to be controlled haven’t been decided yet. There’s been some clarifications, teams are still talking to the FIA, and we’ll have further clarifications in the next ten days or so.”

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