Nick Heidfeld has publicly praised a system he claims McLaren have to make their starts more effective. He told Sport Bild:
McLaren have a starting system that allows [Lewis] Hamilton and [Heikki] Kovalainen to pull away with only 9,000 revs. On the other hand, we [BMW] need to use much higher speeds when we begin to accelerate.
Heidfeld hasn’t said McLaren are doing anything wrong – but you don’t have to to attract the attention of the stewards. Is this BMW saying to McLaren, “We know what you’re doing and we’re going to get it banned”?
It was a McLaren company that developed the single electronic control unit (SECU) that all the teams are using this year – so the FIA might be especially sensitive to suggestions that McLaren have gained an advantage by having won the contract.
Earlier in the year Jarno Trulli said some teams were using “suspicious” systems – and later claimed Ferrari had the best low-speed acceleration.
Are we going to see a row over teams using devices to mimic traction control?