McLaren wants FIA to clarify legality of Mercedes DRS F-duct

McLaren technical director Paddy Lowe says that they are waiting for F1 governing body (FIA) to clarify the legality of Mercedes’ DRS enabled F-duct before it commits its resources to a similar model. This season Mercedes initiates new F-ducts concept, When the DRS is activated, it exposes openings in the rear wing endplates that channel air onto the front wing in order to reduce drag and increase top speed.

He said in Vodafone McLaren Mercedes phone-in: “We don’t have a strong view one way or the other. At this point, what we really need to have is clarity. I would say actually it would have been better if we could have had clarity before now. We’ll see what events in China bring us in that sense.

“Until we’ve got clarity, it’s difficult for us to make a huge amount of effort in that direction. That’s really where we’re stuck at the moment. There’s no such thing as the spirit of the rules. It’s a term often used, but the rulebook is text that has a meaning – you decide what that means and how you work to it. There’s no headline regulation that says ‘above all else, you’ve got to remain within the spirit of what was intended,'” he argued.

“If you look at the system on the Mercedes, you could get into arguments there about whether it’s in the spirit of what was intended with DRS. Well, it definitely wasn’t. DRS was created as a rear-wing flap, it wasn’t anything else.

“The debate around whether or not they can keep that system on the car is not about whether it is in that spirit or not, it’s about whether the text of the regulations means they cannot.”

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