Fernando Alonso has made it no secret who he and McLaren think are to blame for the team's current misery in testing. In a media meeting at the circuit, the double world champion blamed the Honda power unit for most of the team's issues.
are the slots purely to pull more air into the diffuser area and away from the rear wheels?
This is what they do as far as I understand it:
To keep the maximum effectiveness of the diffuser they keep the tire squirt managed away at the edge of the diffuser. The slots basically feed air from above the floor to below the floor (diffuser) so I imagine them reducing the effectiveness in some way. It's a tradeof.
Has anyone seen any better pictures of the area in front of the rear wheel? This is the best I've seen. I wonder what's happening there. Maybe just sensors. I think it was only there during FP1 on Fernando's car.