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07/22/08
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McLaren skirting F1 rules (cheating)  UPDATE No wonder Lewis Hamilton has had an easy time of it as of late.  It has nothing to do with his driving ability and everything to do with the fact he has a car with traction control.  Sure his McLaren team has come up with a system of traction control that falls within the rules, but the intent of the traction control ban was to eliminate traction control.  Kudos to the McLaren engineers who found a loophole in the rules, but the fact that it defeats the intent of the rule makes it no less a "cheater" car, giving Hamilton an unfair advantage over his rivals.

MP4-23 Steering Wheel -you can see the lower two paddles through the lower openings in the wheel
07/21/08 McLaren's steering wheel features four paddle levers rather than the usual two. The upper two are conventional gear-change paddles, one for upshifting, one for down. The lower two allow different engine torque settings to be chosen. Using two fingers at the same time allows the car always to have the most favorable engine torque setting for each gear, thus giving the driver a tool for limiting wheelspin out of slow corners without then suffering a reduction in power in the higher gears, where wheelspin is not an issue. The rules stipulate that any change in torque settings cannot be triggered by the same driver input as a gear change. Having two separate levers gets around that rule, while still allowing the change of gear and torque setting to take place simultaneously. This is part of McLaren's current performance superiority over Ferrari.  Telegraph.co.uk
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