"We are bringing some new aerodynamic pieces to this event," said team technical director Paddy Lowe in a Vodafone McLaren Mercedes phone-in. "We have a new front wing, so that's the main thing and something we hope to take forward through to the last few races of the season. But we are winding towards a close with what we'll bring in terms of updates this year. But things like the front wing will carry forward to next year as the regulations on the front are exactly the same."
Although the technical regulations regarding front wing configurations are unchanged for 2012, a possible loophole discovered by Mercedes utilizing front ducts that divert airflow beneath the car and increase diffuser performance has raised eyebrows. But according to Lowe, although McLaren have looked at the innovation, it is not something they are immediately concerned with.
"We are aware of that, there has been quite a lot of coverage. We're not feeling desperately excited about it but we'll see. We're not singling it out against many other things we're constantly reviewing that people are coming up with. It's in the nature of the sport. You need to work on your own ideas but not have your head in the sand relative to what other people are doing."