McLaren have passed scrutineering checks at the Sakhir International Circuit ahead of this weekend’s opening round of the 2010 Formula One World Championship. The team had invited FIA technical delegate Charlie Whiting to their Woking factory late last week to inspect the contentious part, but due to scheduling difficulties, Whiting decided to delay the inspection until the team had arrived in Bahrain.
The checks come after Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner expressed concerns about the layout of the MP4-25’s airbox, engine cover and rear wing assembly, suggesting to the British press that the wing may have been designed to stall under high speeds, giving the McLaren a straight-line advantage.
McLaren seemed to not be overly bothered about the questioning from other teams and stated that the FIA were involved early on in the design process of the part, suggesting that the team were aware they are likely to be running close to the edge of the rules. However, having followed procedures correctly, exercising due diligence in communicating with the FIA and inviting the sport’s governing body to inspect the car, McLaren have successfully passed scrutineering and will take part in the Bahrain Grand Prix.