Little or nothing has been said about the effectiveness of McLaren’s U-Shaped side pods over the last 2 weeks which is quite strange considering their blistering performance.
I assume this is because McLaren were written off in testing and everybody (like me) is still in shock and can’t quite believe their turn in fortunes. The Red Bull still leads the way of course…they can claim its because of the Rake the car runs but we have all seen the footage of the front wing, either way they have something others don’t and desperately want to copy.
But what is it that is powering the McLaren? I’ve herd other say their front wing moves like Red Bulls but I keep watching in hope and I’m yet to be convinced they have cracked the technology behind it. Their EBD (created in 10 days if we are to believe what we are told) clearly works but I doubt that it is as efficient as Red Bulls.
Looking at the stats from Sepang Lewis’s McLaren doesn’t appear to have a straight line speed advantage either and the McLaren seems to be matching the Red Bull sector for sector…the obvious question few seem to be asking is HOW?
I for one am wondering if McLaren’s side-pods are Answer and I’m wondering more when the rest of the field will realise that maybe their not just gimmicky. What I am sure about is that if you want to keep a secret in F1, clearly bad testing form is the way to go.