It appears that Mclaren might have failed their FIA tests http://grandprix247.com/2014/01/17/mclaren-fails-fia-tests-and-may-miss-jerez-prompting-reshuffle/
Ron won’t be happy.
Let’s hope for less than the trouble they had with the MP4/18…
Given that hey are going to be the first team to reveal their car, it would be very strange. But anything is possible, especially in Formula 1.
Speculation is that this was one step too far for Ron and prompted his immediate return.
Does anyone recall the “Sabertooth” noses discussed on F1Technical? Perhaps McLaren have fallen foul of it’s most obvious defect – reduced structural integrity.
Interesting.. now I’m really wondering what we may see when we get some reveals next week.. I was hoping for some Ferrari 2010 noses or a Walrus!
If Lotus failed the nose test then Mclaren could have as well, so maybe they both got set back because of it but Mclaren’s launch is digital rather than real because they won’t quite have the redesigned parts yet?
I actually quite liked the Walrus nose of the FW26 Williams. I think it looked especially good on the head-on shots. Too bad it proved so problematic to sort out.
Is there anything to stop them attending the test with a hybrid car, eg last years front nose if that is what has failed ( i am assuming it has only failed one or two tests not all of them) to at least give them some running to aid reliability with all the new regs and especially the powerplants and their cooling have they got that right, some data on the new tyres, shakedown all the systems understand a little of new tyres etc
Yes, the regulations. The 2014 nose must be considerably lower than the 2013 nose.
@prisoner-monkeys I don’t think that is what is being asked. As far as I am aware, you are technically allowed to run an entirely illegal car during a test session provided it meets the safety requirements. It is only during official championship sessions that the car has to comply with the regulations.
But the regulations would make it impossible for a 2013 nose to fit on a 2014 car.
Likely so, but I don’t think a dud nose would prohibit attendence at an entire test @prisoner-monkeys, but perhaps it might. After all, the front wing is a vital aerodynamic component.
Well, the 2013 noses had to be no more than 550mm above the ground. The 2014 noses must be no more than 185mm above the ground. Good luck trying to make a car that will take both.
And since front-end aero is so important, a 2013 front wing would likely compromise the aerodynamics of the car to the point where all McLaren would be able to do is drive around. The data they would collect would be so useless that they might as well not attend.
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