Clever solution gives Hamilton traction

Tue, 22 July 2008, 03:06

The secret of McLaren’s run of pace in the last weeks may have been revealed by a British newspaper.

A technical report published on the Daily Telegraph website said back-to-back grand prix winner Lewis Hamilton, and his teammate Heikki Kovalainen, are making use of an unique four-paddle steering wheel.

With the conventional two paddles for changing gears, the extra two paddles allow the drivers to easily select different engine torque settings throughout the course of a lap, the renowned writer Mark Hughes claimed.

The solution could be allowing McLaren drivers to limit wheelspin under acceleration out of corners, thus making canny use of the new-for-2008 ban on traction control.

“This is part of McLaren’s current performance superiority over Ferrari,” Hughes added.

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