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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richard

March 09, 2011 2:15 PM

shrieker. jonovo posted a comment that you chose to dispute, but hey, theres no reason for the vitriol!
i disagree with jonovo, that alonso developed the mclaren. the team did.
but your comment that lulu could have won the wdc in 2010, if he had a bit more luck, is rather pointless. first of all, lulu threw it away with some stupid moves. secondly, webber could have won, with a bit of luck, as could alonso or button! in the end, vettel won it by his pure speed, plus a bit of luck!

Crashstrapped

March 09, 2011 2:19 PM

Come on children, behave for a bit.

The problem with McLaren and FI in general is that the rules keep changing without improving. Movable spoilers only operated at certain parts of the track, KERS in, then out, then back in again, what a load of nonsense. The teams should work out what is sensible and practical, and then demand the FIA adopt it . If not they should break away and start their own series just like Champ Cars did in the US in 1979 when USAC acted as inept as the FIA are now.

Shrieker

March 09, 2011 2:38 PM

Rim failure in barcelona with 2 laps to go, 18 points lost. No rim failure with 2 laps to go = +18 more points winning the title / a little bit more luck.

Webber chopping him off in melbourne and again in Singapore. An awful lot of points lost in those two occasions too. Along with the rim failure these were factors outside of Hamilton's control. I'm EXCLUDING his blunder in monza which was obviously his mistake.

As you can see, luck played it's part on Hamilton's case too as with other contenders. So my comment about a little wee bit more luck giving him the title is very valid.

Thank you, and good bye.

Shrieker

March 09, 2011 2:40 PM

Back on the topic. McLaren haven't fared too bad after Ron Dennis left. 2009 started bad, ended on a high. In 2010 they were in championship contention. People are talking as if the team has sucked. They haven't.

50 Cent - Unregistered

March 09, 2011 3:33 PM

I don't get the MacLaren fans. It's preseason testing and the car might turn out to be fine and competitive. I also believe that uncle RD is not the answer, the times seemed to pass him by. The Ferrari gate was the final nail in the coffin, the guy has had total control over operations even to the extent that he probably knew what happens in a janitorial closet, and yet some people believe that he doesn't knew that his two chief engineers were perusing Ferrari blueprints. Yes lala was not lucky enough to win in 2010, but on the other hand he was lucky to win WDC in 2008. so let's stop the talk about what if.

Flange Nettles - Unregistered

March 09, 2011 3:33 PM

Lois Hamilton will jump ship next year,he is seathing with the prospect of driving the pig of a Mclaren.We'll see all kinds of dirty driving from him this season,in an attempt to podium.Button at least fights fair.I bet it's Ferrari's year!

Cael - Unregistered

March 09, 2011 3:37 PM

nothing will change with Ron at helm station...everybody talks bringing Ron back, like that will automatically mean that the team wins the championship.
McLaren in the last seasons were title contenders and that's pretty much what would anyone expect, and consider typical from them.
Sometimes they win, many times not.
They had darker times, from '99 to '07 they didn't won anything, so don't act like McLaren won every championship season under Ron Dennis because that's absolutely ********/

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