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McLaren MP4-23 - cockpit area 11 January 2008

Major changes have been introduced to this area to improve the quality of the air directed to the car's rear wing. The engine air intake has been placed further behind the headrest and a sort of long splitter (yellow arrow), which continues towards the very slim engine cover, has been added to reduce the area's cross section and diminish disruption to the airflow. In line with new regulations, the side protection around the driver's helmet (red arrow) has also been heightened. This connects to the rear bodywork in a more abrupt way to minimise the additional drag it creates.