F1 » Whitmarsh: Championship 'wrong focus' for McLaren

McLaren-Mercedes team principal Martin Whitmarsh concedes that in the wake of an error-strewn performance in the British Grand Prix on home turf at Silverstone, the Woking-based outfit cannot even start to think about doing battle for title glory in F1 2011 at the moment

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oldtimer - Unregistered

July 12, 2011 7:59 PM

McClaren have struggled all season and have not for several years produced a car worthy of the name. Perhaps it is time to look at what they have and what they need to get back to the top. Adrian Newry would be top of my list but since he is not likely to return they need some new thinking. Another bad start to next season and I guess heads will start to roll. As for this season they need to improve very quickly, something that I think is going to be very difficult to do especially as Ferrari look to jumped them as the second team.


July 12, 2011 8:30 PM

A sad admission to what we already knew. Still hits home harder straight from the horses mouth. As a McLaren fan this season, with Lewis' indiscretions and the gap to RBR even bigger than last year it's been a tough one. Time to step up, they've got the money and the ability to develop the car quicker than arguably anyone else. They just don't have Newey.

Still it's not been all bad. Button in Canada was pretty spectacular.

Ziobuck - Unregistered

July 12, 2011 8:40 PM

Maclaren they are moving backwards the same as Williams BUT both of these teams are restructuring and will be a force in the future. Next years f1 with simplified fia regs will bring teams closer together for better racing But who knows.

USF1_Fan - Unregistered

July 12, 2011 8:45 PM

Ups and downs are part of Formula 1 and every team faces them.

As much as I am a fan of McLaren (and I generally am) and hope they can get back to the front this season and at least be competitive consistently, I think its great to have NEW teams that are doing well.

Better to have more top-notch outfits than fewer.

Just like Ferrari though, I think they have the right attitude: don't think about the championship, just think about the races.

pitstop - Unregistered

July 12, 2011 9:01 PM

I think both titles are all but now gone for Mclaren as far as this year goes all they can hope for now is to win a few more races this year which i am sure that they will.They started the season off so well and i thought that they could of at least won 1 title this year but i don't think it is going to happen now,that bulls car is something from another planet.

Ziobuck - Unregistered

July 12, 2011 9:01 PM

whitmarsh has enormous pressure to retain hamilton not so much button
they as a team are developing the new upgrades by a simulator
as well as other teams i guess the evolution of simulation tests and wind tunnel tests are still to come The fia last 6 weeks asked all the f1 teams to have more testing on track but like the blown off throttle issue some teams didnt go for the vote back then

As much as mistakes in the pit lane etc can be laid at MW's door maybe it is time McLaren looked at their engineering team. This is the third year running they have started off with a weaker car and had to play catch up. While they can normally catch up by the end of the season it is inevitably far too late to consider the championship. C'mon McLaren please get your act together soon!


July 12, 2011 9:16 PM

slightly. newey is a designer, but brawn was just a team manager. he would have had no design input into the ferrari, but his strategy did help schumi.

newbie. glad to see that you hae now accepted what the rest of us were saying since the start of the season!

rob. where on earth have you vanished to??

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