F1 » Turkey McLaren's 'worst' race of F1 2011, concedes Whitmarsh

He might candidly acknowledge that the Turkish Grand Prix in Istanbul was McLaren-Mercedes' 'worst' performance of F1 2011 to-date, but Martin Whitmarsh is adamant that 'we will turn it around as quickly as we can'

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Firestorm - Unregistered

May 11, 2011 11:00 AM
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Every team always has a bad race.And fourth and sixth is not such bad considering Hamilton's delay in the pits and Button's wrong strategy.
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May 11, 2011 11:43 AM

McLaren had the unenviable situation of their two drivers going wheel for wheel and racing each other hard for extended periods of the race. With the tyre wear as it is this year, that must have presented as a real dilemma for the team. If it was Ferrari, I suspect Massa would have been told to back off.

Calvin _

May 11, 2011 11:55 AM

It's not so bad. OK, RBR are disappearing off into the distance, but as far as everyone else is concerned, at a race weekend where no new parts could be tested, you took more points than Ferrari, Mercedes and Renault (individually) thereby increasing the gap to those teams. It could have been much worse.


May 11, 2011 1:21 PM

Mcl are set for more bad weekends until they build a better car. Cross-threading wheel nuts, slow pit-stops - it's called pressure and there feeling it cause the RBR car is so fast. Look at RBR, they have the smoothest, quick pit-stops for SV no problem, no pressure

USF1_Fan - Unregistered

May 11, 2011 2:47 PM

During the race itself I was wishing that Hamilton and Button would just parade for a while and work closer to the front instead of fighting for one spot.
That would be a tough call to make for either driver or the team but arguably might have left them in a better position instead of losing time against themselves.

Hopefully they will get the new parts on the cars for the next race and be able to fight it out with RBR.


May 12, 2011 12:36 AM

Out scoring all bar red bull is a pretty 'good save' for the teams worse race to date, for the sake of the teams wdc and cc hopes they musnt allow alonso to position himself as the main benifacter of any red bull of days, its the first time this year that a ferrari has beaten both mclarens, that it happened at the first of the northern hemispher races may turn out to be a coincidence, again though luckily for mclaren, ferreris improvement seems have (initially?) left massa behind. Mclaren will have races where the circuit and conditions suit there car when they will need to fully take advantage (china, montreal?), in the meantime if they cant beat red bull, they nead to beat the others.

christy - Unregistered

May 12, 2011 1:09 AM

what is MW is talking about??...didnt he know maclaren is always been bad performance lately..they just got lucky in racing for the past few races..and strangly Jb and LH end up racing each other?!..same goes for china and turkish races...hasnt anyone seen this before?..these dorks rather race each other than race with other rivals..

Bill in Shasta - Unregistered

May 12, 2011 7:57 AM

In looking at the Red Bull car this year it is remarkable at what it DOESN'T have- in that the body work, especially to the rear of the car, is clean and does not interfere with the aerodynamics of the wing surfaces in an ingeniously clean ind simplified manner. Hats off to Adrian Newey(Red Bull)for designing a brilliant car! Mclaren and Whitmarsh have also done some ingenious things with their car though, and Mclaren should well be in the hunt this year...

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