F1 » 'For Ferrari and McLaren in F1 2011, there are no excuses'

McLaren-Mercedes and Ferrari can ill-afford to be beaten for a second consecutive campaign in 2011 by a team that basically 'exists to sell cans of drink', warns BBC F1 anchorman Jake Humphrey

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Calvin _

February 15, 2011 5:28 PM

It should certainly be easier. McLaren had a working KERS for most of 2009, whilst Ferrari had one by the end of the season. I hope they didn't just throw it all away when it was not needed in 2010.

I Win - Unregistered

February 15, 2011 5:43 PM

A fizzy drinks company with the best designer of the modern era, a Renault engine (who have been known to produce some decent engines in their time, although according to them, this one is still behind the others) and a guy with bucket loads of money behind him. British media needs to get real.

Button was only a world champion because he had a much superior car. This year might swing towards him because of his style and the tyres.

Sparrow - Unregistered

February 15, 2011 6:47 PM

@ I Win - And Webber and Vettel were in the hunt for last years title because....? Answer, they had a far superior car. Every recent world champion has had a superior car. Button did at the beginning of 09, yes, and he won 6 races with it. Couldn't ask more really. The car was not the best throughout the whole year, and he absorbed big pressure to hold on fro the title. I just wish some people would give him the credit he deserves for his title. This year I think it will be Alonso. The experts say that Red Bull and Ferrari look the strongest contenders from the tests so far. Its not about outright times, but looking at the performance over long runs, and the behavior of the cars. Its easy to run with fumes and and supersofts to head the sheets. It was no surprise that Williams appeared at the top a couple of days prior to floating the company.

Vince - Unregistered

February 15, 2011 6:50 PM

An exceedingly dim comment from someone who should know much better.

Yep, Red Bull as a company primarily exist as a maker of drinks, but they take their racing team seriously with driver programmes, etc, and have the bonus of their primary business not intruding on their racing team focus. Ferrari and Mclaren have other automotive things to focus as have Williams.

Besides, surely the opposite is true for Red Bull - as a 'serious' racing team who had problems staying in the resource restrictions - not retaining the championships for either driver or team would be an embarrasment.

Contrast that with other teams (and sometimes car makers) who have had, at best 'shoddy' commitment, I would hardly see being beaten by Red Bull as an embarrasment (more an annoyance). They have started the year with the advantage of a faster basis so the onus is on them to continue winning.

Rob01 - Unregistered

February 15, 2011 10:16 PM

As you said. Supplied. Still it's a step in the right direction if those in the know think cost need to be reduced. And it does show that Max was trying to stir the pot. Using Red Bull as the scape goat.


February 16, 2011 5:41 AM

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