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McLaren ‘surprised' to be diffuser pioneers

McLaren technical director James Key has expressed surprise that no other team has yet replicated their unique diffuser design. One of the biggest technical talking points of pre-season testing in Bahrain was the McLaren diffuser, a key aerodynamic component. The interest is centred upon the length of the strakes, but the Woking-based team appear to have done nothing that would transgress the regulations. However, along with the MCL35M’s new Mercedes engine, it looks as though McLaren have made a step forward in performance judging by the admittedly not completely reliable guide of pre-season testing in Bahrain. The likelihood is that if there does appear to be a significant advantage of...
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