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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Alan D - Unregistered

March 09, 2011 10:55 AM

I like Jenson Button's comment: "had not been brilliant in terms of testing, in terms of mileage, and in terms of reliability, and also pace."

But apart from that, its great!

HartleyF1 - Unregistered

March 09, 2011 11:00 AM

I seem to remember everyone was worried about Ferrari being a rubbish car last year....
So lets wait till after the first race or 2 till we rule the Mclaren's out of the running!.

I certainly hope things are not as bad as they seem as i am gonna be rooting 4 Jensen!.

Justice - Unregistered

March 09, 2011 11:33 AM

Please get back in the driving seat, forget the issues of the past as I have, you are forgiven for any indiscretions in the past, the team need you, so step in now and save the reputation of Mclaren before its too late.

Calvin _

March 09, 2011 11:58 AM

Is it me, or is there anyone else who thinks that the whole transition to Pirelli was done way too late. Most teams started work on this years car in the middle of last year. When was the first time that Pirelli had tyres available to test?. I'd say nowhere near that time, and they're still tweaking it. I believe that the FIA are inherently unable to appreciate the lead times that the teams have in development, especially when it comes down to how an essential component, such as tyres, will behave.


March 09, 2011 12:17 PM

pcmax and calvin. tyres have nothing to do with it! all the teams have the same tyres and are able to design cars to use the rubber. in fact, apart from degradation, which is required by fia, the tyres are pretty similar to the bridgestones.

your mum - Unregistered

March 09, 2011 12:19 PM

yearly rule and tyre changes plus the testing ban make it all a lottery. Newey has played it smart with an evolution while the others try brand new approaches.
Still sticking with my prediction that Hamilton leaves Mclaren, they can't supply a car to win the wdc and you have to cast doubt over the coming years too.

Calvin _

March 09, 2011 12:35 PM

Richard, I know that all the teams will use the same tyres. My comment was more general than being related to the "McLaren situation". I have been increasingly worried and frustrated about the actions of the FIA, the constant rule changes, addition and then removal of new technology in an effort to try to "fix" the problem with F1. Instead of fixing it, they have made it increasingly expensive and worthy of scorn. BE's medals and shortcuts do not help. The whole manner in which the rear wings are to be used will result in numerous appeals after the race about how an opponent "used" his wing. What is needed is a full review of F1 and what it should be. Once you decide that, you can then write the rules to achieve it.

Racehound - Unregistered

March 09, 2011 12:45 PM

To Hartley and your mom.....I dont know what testing you were watching last year but before the 2010 season started Ferrari was EXPECTED to be the car to beat!! The F2010 performed well straight outta the box, and set fastest times at 2 out of the 3 tests. As for ron dennis coming back to "save the reputation of McLaren", it was him who threw their reputation down the toilet!!! Dennis wont come back to the pit lane again, because he wouldnt be able to stand the embarrasment of everyone laughing at him!! Mercedes bailed out of McLaren because of the way he handled the 07 season, and getting caught with the Ferrari dossier. Now they have 2 drivers who are not that good at development, they just like to drive good cars fast.

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