McLaren to stop work on ride-height system

Paddy Lowe

Apr.13 (GMM) McLaren on Tuesday confirmed it will not introduce an adjustable ride-height system in China this weekend.

After admitting in Melbourne he suspected other teams including Red Bull of running such a system, the British team’s boss Martin Whitmarsh said McLaren designers were working on a similar system to debut in Shanghai.

But in addressing the speculation, the FIA clarified that adjusting the ride-height of a car between qualifying and the race is not allowed in any form.

“Basically, we had a system we were working on, and we’ve now suspended that,” engineering director Paddy Lowe told reporters during a teleconference on Tuesday.

He also clarified that the ruling has not affected the existing mechanical specification of the MP4-25. Red Bull’s Christian Horner has also said the RB6 is unchanged between Malaysia and China.

Lowe admitted that he does not really know whether other cars will have to be altered as a result of the FIA clarification.

“We got the feeling that others were further advanced in development. I haven’t got a clue as to whether anyone else has a system on their cars though,” he said.