F1 » McLaren 'have a fundamental issue', car is 'a mess'


BBC F1's triumvirate of Martin Brundle, David Coulthard and Eddie Jordan have painted a bleak picture indeed for the prospects of McLaren-Mercedes, Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button heading into the forthcoming 2011 campaign...

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cmc1 - Unregistered

March 09, 2011 8:30 AM

I hope for the drivers sakes and for formula 1 as a whole, that they sort this out quick smart. I want to see 5 teams fighting it out for the titles this year.

Just a dream.

James Montgomery

March 09, 2011 8:48 AM

I watched the interview and must agree they were very blunt...

EJ made a good point that they have 2 designers that seem to take it in turn each year with designing the car.. there isn't a revolution of the car that way - instead just a whole new design.

Last year's car wasn't the best - probably managed to keep up with the others due to the F-Duct.... would it be worth keeping it for a revolution instead of an evolution? I honistly don't know, but looking at Mclaren's results in the past 10 years... they seem to have a nasty habit of making a good car then play catch up the year afterwards!

Butterfly - Unregistered

March 09, 2011 8:51 AM

Some might say that having Red Bull on part with Ferrari will automatically make the four drivers fight it out for the title, but with Alonso in the mix he might just take 80+ % of the wins.

Now that's something to think about.

Oh, and don't even say Vettel is a match for Alonso or something like that. Nor is Massa.

Taz - Unregistered

March 09, 2011 9:00 AM

@Butterfly

This is a thread about the McLaren car not the front running drivers...why turn it into a which driver is best debate ?

Bring back Ron Dennis I say, McLaren have been a bit at sea without him at the helm.

Butterfly - Unregistered

March 09, 2011 9:02 AM

@Taz

Fair enough.

Who sais it's Martin's fault for the MP4-26?

McLaren just doesn't have a good enough design team, that's their problem. Bringing back Ron won't fix that.

sodesu

March 09, 2011 9:52 AM

This is just silly IMHO. Like yesterday when people were saying how McL were screwed cos Jenson was behind halfway through the session, right before he went and did some really quick laps. FFS, calm down people! Also, they started developing their car later and only now have they been able to start working on setups. Jenson was fast yesterday and I reckon they'll definitely be up there. Maybe RBR and Ferrari will be ahead from day 1 but does that really make every other car on the grid a mess? I think what we've seen so far has been really promising in terms of how the season might play out TBH. Even if Ferrari and RBR are ahead it could be really close between McL, Renault and Merc behind them. Sauber and Toro Rosso look like they may surprise, Williams have been pretty quick too. And Team Tony seems to have edged a bit closer to the midfield aswell.

blzbub

March 09, 2011 10:19 AM

perhaps it wasnt the car that the team should have revolutionised, they have all the resources to produce a front running car, but perhaps dont use them as well as would other teams, perhaps certain areas of the personnel arent as good as they think they are . . !

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