Mercedes GP Reports from Germany have speculated that Mercedes GP has developed a cunning design to operate its adjustable rear win, without resorting to the placement of additional buttons on an already cluttered steering wheel.

The solution according to Auto Motor und Sport? An extra pedal in the footwell of the W02.

Positioned to the left of the brake pedal, pressing on it supposedly activates the adjustable rear wing, a new-for-2011 feature designed to improve overtaking by reducing drag and increasing top speed.

Should this layout speculation actually be true, its design means that whenever Michael Schumacher or Nico Rosberg is braking – with both being left-foot brakers – they cannot use the adjustable rear wing.

And when they are accelerating, the left foot can simply depress the pedal to activate the wing – a crucial feature in practice and qualifying sessions when the wing is able to activated on all parts of the circuit.

Other teams – such as Ferrari and McLaren – are believed to have installed paddles behind the steering wheel to activate their rear wings.

[Original image via Sutton Images]

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