There has been a bit of bluffing at Woking!

McLaren has admitted it is bringing revised bodywork to Bahrain in the event that FIA scrutineers rule its controversial rear wing design to be illegal.

The inspection of the ugly controversial device – which Red Bull and Ferrari allege provides a stall to the rear wing to aid in top speed – will occur at the Sakhir circuit on Thursday.

McLaren’s MD, Jonathan Neale, admitted in yesterday’s team press call that the team had made contingency plans just in case.

"We know we’re stuffed We’re not taking a radically different package [to Bahrain] but you just never know what the stewards are going to do on the day," he addressed reporters.

"We get the best advice we can from the FIA in the interests of transparency. If the stewards decide on a different course of action, though, it’s still our duty to go racing," he continued.

"So we have a completed untested contingency, but I wouldn’t put much effort into it and I’m praying we won’t have to use it not expecting it to be used."

How much of an impact with it have to the team’s competitiveness if it’s banned?

We feel the unsightly thing should be outlawed on the grounds of aesthetics alone!

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.

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