F1 » McLaren pin F1 2011 hopes on 'dramatic changes'


McLaren-Mercedes team principal Martin Whitmarsh reveals that 'dramatic changes' have been made to the MP4-26 since testing concluded that he hopes will yield more than a second in performance - and in so doing vault the team back into the ballpark once more

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DBL

March 21, 2011 1:33 PM

"Dramatic changes"?

What like moving the engine to the front, front wheel drive or a prone position driving position with the driver looking through a transparent nosecone? Those would be dramatic.

I think McLaren's (and other F1 teams) 'dramatic' is more likely to be the relocating of the rear wing mounts by 0.7mm and increasing the depth of the front wing by 0.008mm.

I await the side-by-side comparison photos of old & new cars this Friday to check the differences in a kind of "Where's Wally" style of spotting.

pot - Unregistered

March 21, 2011 2:43 PM

what planet is whitmarsh on?? a full second.
a second is the holy grail in F1, to suddenly say you have it without actually proving it on track is a bit desperate, i love mclaren, but get real, get some new blood in the design dept.
Roll on the racing, WRITE.XK120---couldnt agree more with you.

KGBVD - Unregistered

March 21, 2011 3:51 PM


Heading to the opening race with a new, untested exhaust? Smacks of desperation to me.

Renault got their forward exhausts working right away (as they did with most of their innovations last year). Williams had little problems with its micro-box.

I think this is just McLaren falling from (technological) grace. Stumbling as they try to keep up with the Bulls and as they also feel the pressure from the upper midfield.

107SS2009

March 21, 2011 6:11 PM

The dramatic changes MW is talking about is the abandonment of the two types of exhaust solutions they were testing with plus other parts such a change will entail (such as a new floor design), this is exactly what I was trying to explain to 2pac yesterday, such a change will even upset pre planed upgrades.

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