• Bahrain Grand Prix

McLaren prepares alternative rear wing

ESPNF1 Staff
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The rear of the McLaren is causing controversy ahead of the first race © Sutton Images

McLaren has got a 'plan B' on the off chance its rear aerodynamic package is deemed illegal by the FIA ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix.

FIA technical delegate Charlie Whiting will inspect the MP4-25's wing and engine cover on Thursday, after Red Bull's Christian Horner called its legality into question last week. McLaren is confident the car will pass the test but managing director Jonathan Neale admitted the team had a contingency plan just in case.

"We're not taking a radically different package, but you just never know what the stewards are going to do on the day," he said. "We get the best advice we can from the FIA in the interests of transparency. If the stewards decide on a different course of action though, it's still our duty to go racing. So we have a contingency, but I wouldn't put much effort into it and I'm not expecting it to be used."

After Horner admitted Red Bull is looking into its own design along similar lines, Neale is confident his rivals won't be able to copy the idea in its entirety.

"They have a pretty good idea of what's going on with our car," he said. "They won't have figured it all out, but they'll be close."