McLaren still unhappy about new rules

McLaren is still unhappy about the regulation changes the FIA and teams agreed on in January and could take the sport's governing body to arbitration. Despite recently stating that the team would support the new regulations, it's been rumoured...

McLaren is still unhappy about the regulation changes the FIA and teams agreed on in January and could take the sport's governing body to arbitration. Despite recently stating that the team would support the new regulations, it's been rumoured that McLaren has consulted legal advisors to see if there is a case.

"These are rumours," McLaren managing director Martin Whitmarsh told Autosport. "At the moment I cannot confirm or deny that. The option is available to any team if they don't agree with the process. We haven't decided what we will do, but certainly we are not choosing to declare our feelings or our intention in that regard."

What, exactly, McLaren could be objecting to is unknown but it's likely a specific point is the problem rather than the rulings as a whole. Other teams have also been unhappy about the way the changes were introduced but in general the new regulations appear to have been accepted.

McLaren's new MP4-18 was to have been a 'technological breakthrough' but with traction and launch control, two way telemetry and automatic gearboxes being banned as from the British Grand Prix, it appears the work was all for nothing. Banning these driver aids could be what McLaren is objecting to since the team spent so much effort and money developing the new car.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Martin Whitmarsh
Teams McLaren