F1 » McLaren duo 'on the ragged edge' – but not giving up

McLaren-Mercedes team-mates Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton concede that Red Bull Racing rival Sebastian Vettel is in a dominant position right now in F1 2011 - but there's no way they'll be giving up

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Firestorm - Unregistered

May 11, 2011 10:57 AM

That's the spirit guys.Never give up until you have mathemathical chances.You never know,at present Red Bull is the pacesetter,maybe after some races McLaren and Ferrari will manage to overtake them.Horner said some days ago that Red Bull will not understimate their rivals and I am sure that he was speaking about McLaren and Ferrari.These teams are the best to make a fight back.They already did it last year.I know that this year will be more difficult because Red Bull and especially Vettel has build up a big advantage but as I said before you never know what the future has predicted for you.


May 11, 2011 12:08 PM

It seems to me that the bigger the cushion Vettel builds in terms of his points lead in the first half of the season, the less pressure there will be on him and the less likely he will succumb to making mistakes.

If the others can narrow his points lead over the next few races, then he may start to feel the pressure and it may well be game on for the second half of the season.

My thinking is that the next three or so races are critical for the other drivers, if there is any chance of Vettel being beaten in the WDC this year.

mike - Unregistered

May 11, 2011 12:24 PM

Vettel are very talent drive, but i don't think he's better skill then Alonso, Hanilton. it's clear he has got the better car. and that car is very easy to drive.


May 11, 2011 12:42 PM

SV is in top form and his car is a class apart. His only challenger is MW - who he's outdriven easily in last 8 races - going back to Korea last year. The best Mcl can do is target wins at the high speed tracks like Canada, Monza, Spa, for me SV is in complete control like LH says he could do a Scumi this year and wrap it up with 4-5 races to spare

oldtimer - Unregistered

May 11, 2011 12:46 PM

I have not heard Button that rattled before, I suspect that he realises they are in big trouble. McClaren can't seem to start the season with the best car, possible since one Adrian Newry worked for them. Perhaps they should be looking at getting him back as he is a country mile ahead of the others as an aerodynamicist. The facts are that nobody seems to be able to copy the Red Bulls, maybe this is because that don't really know what they are up to. It's a black art at the best of times. It's a great shame that thay can't update the engines as in the past, at least 20 extra BHP on the dyno usually equated to 20 extrta BHP on the track, with all the fancy wings costing a fortune to develop and not working a lot of the time it's no wonder that some teams never seem to get it right.


May 11, 2011 4:26 PM

I think the media hasn't quite got their heads around the new points system, Hamilton might be 34 points behind. If it was 34 on the old system that would be huge, almost 4 complete race wins. But with 25 points for a win now it's the equivalent of being maybe 12 or 13 points behind on the old system. 15 races to go and 375 winners points up for grabs it's still anyone's title.

pitstop - Unregistered

May 11, 2011 5:04 PM

there is only one way that vettel can be beaten now and that is qualifying in 2nd on the grid because pole is now out of the question and then beating him to the lead at the first corner,apart from that everyone else is just driving for 2nd place

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