McLaren will run a lighter diffuser at the Malaysian GP McLaren is continuing to plug away away at getting back to the front of the field and build on its unexpected podium finish at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

The team ditched its overly complex ‘octopus’ exhaust system and presented a simpler version of its MP4-26 contender after it endured a poor pre-season build-up highlighted by a lack of pace, coupled with poor reliability.

“We had to manufacture the parts for the new exhaust in a very short time,” McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh told Auto Motor und Sport.

The car’s rear diffuser was an unusual colour in comparison to the rest of the car, the reason for which was that it was made out of titanium.

“[It] cost us some extra weight,” he added, bluntly.

But the team’s simplified layout will be even more lightweight by the Malaysian Grand Prix, Whitmarsh added, confirming that a carbonfibre version of the new diffuser will be made in time for the second round of the championship.

[Original image via Sutton Images]

The following two tabs change content below.

Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.