McLaren MP4-25 air intake

McLaren could be in more hot water – and not just around the question marks raised regarding the legality of its rear wing – with German publication Auto Motor Und Sport claiming that a slot appearing on the left-hand side of the monocoque before the cockpit is a moveable aerodynamic device.

The miniature periscope-like air intake – clearly visible in the above photo – apparently can be lowered to disallow air to travel through it by the drivers hitting a trigger with their left knees in the MP4-25’s footwell.

Other than the movable front wing flaps, F1 cars are not allowed any other movable aerodynamic devices. Should McLaren’s design feature be a movable device, as the publication suggests, then this is in direct contravention of the rules.

One hopes that FIA technical chief Charlie Whiting looks at this bit pretty quickly when he checks out the rear wing of the car as well!

[Image via Auto Motor und Sport]

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Richard Bailey

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