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McLaren debut radical front wing 30 Apr 2007

Pedro De La Rosa (ESP) McLaren Mercedes MP4/22 Test Driver tests a radical new front wing. Formula One Testing, Day One, Barcelona, Spain, 30 April 2007. World © Hartley/Sutton

It was all eyes on McLaren at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya on Monday morning, as the championship leaders began testing with a radical new front wing design. If successful, it could make its race debut at next month’s Spanish Grand Prix.

Several teams have already been running additional planes on their front wings this season, connecting the wing’s endplates to the nosecone. McLaren have taken this one step further, with a single additional plane spanning right across the top of the nose from one endplate to the other.

The wing is proof of just how hard McLaren are pushing with the development of the MP4-22, which has already notched up one win and a further four podiums this season in the hands of Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton.

With an unprecedented four-week break between the Bahrain and Spanish rounds, McLaren have taken full advantage of the extra time to work on new parts back at their UK factory. The Mercedes-powered team were also busy carrying out straight-line aerodynamic testing in Menorca last week.