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McLaren defend pretty car

With all the Formula One teams except McLaren moving in the direction of the ugly nose design, many have questioned if McLaren have got it wrong.

The reason for the changes is because in 2012 the new FIA regulations require a lower nose for safety purposes, however the height of the chassis behind a certain point has remained the same as previous seasons, which leaves this rather unsightly appearance in the design for the majority of the grid.

However over the past few years McLaren have run with a low-chassis design, while Red Bull run with a high-chassis, which over time has been incorporated by the other teams as Red Bull have been the team to beat.

But McLaren's low-chassis concept has left the design so much sleeker, so much more traditional and so much prettier than the awful designs that the likes of Ferrari have gone for.

The fact that Red Bull appear to have incorporated some kind of air duct into their design has also made people wonder if McLaren are either ahead of the game or tight behind the eight-ball when it comes to the 2012 design.

'This new rule came along and, like every year, you do revisit this stuff, So we revisited it, did our sums again and decided that we would stick with the philosophy we have got.' McLaren Technical director Paddy Lowe told Autosport Magazine.

'Different teams will come out with different answers to those equations always, because they have different sensitivities. There is no good or bad way - so that rule has not affected us.

'My model of it is that it's not a case of us missing some trick. It is not a trick or a loophole that we did not spot. We have always known that you can lift your chassis there, but have chosen to not do it now. We did not do it before either, when there was not nearly the same constraint that you have now. That is the philosophy we have gone with.'


McLaren of course will remain confident that they have got it right, but with them appearing to be pulling in one direction and the rest of the grid pushing in the other, it has left an intriguing question ahead of the new season.

Have McLaren got it right?








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