Renault: McLaren rear wing is illegal
12 March 2010 – The Renault team is not pleased with the FIA's decision to confirm McLaren's rear wing assembly as legal in Bahrain. The MP4-25 cars of Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton, containing an air vent which can be opened and shut by the drivers, successfully passed scrutineering on Thursday.
"It's fundamentally clear that the McLaren wing design is totally illegal," Renault Managing Director Bob Bell told the BBC during first practice on Friday morning, "and they have driven a cart horse through the spirit of the rules and regulations...it's going to cost everybody a lot of money. The governing body needs to be a lot stronger with these things."
"We're restricted by the number of people that we can bring to the track, with mechanics working ridiculous hours at night to prepare the car - now we have just opened up another arms race which will cost us all a lot of money, it's just a nonsense. I think the governing body needs to be more responsible when making decisions like this."
Bell is unsure at present as to whether Renault or any other team will launch a protest against McLaren.