F1 » Neale: McLaren have taken more risks

Jonathan Neale says McLaren has been forced to take risks to challenge Red Bull this season

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renegade - Unregistered

August 09, 2011 3:32 PM

Although Vettel is virtually guaranteed the drivers championship they still have an outside chance in the constructors, which is where the money lies. Now the Bulls have lost a bit of momentum if they can get both cars to finish ahead consistently and hope for a few DNFs there is a slim chance. 103 points is a lot to make up but it is not out of the question.


August 09, 2011 3:49 PM

On quite a few other sites, the feeling seems to be that the biggest risk will be in not (openly) supporting lewis hamilton in a bid for the drivers championship! At MacLaren the driver management isnt as good as they (MacLaren) say it is!

hawth - Unregistered

August 09, 2011 4:15 PM

blzbub, although mclaren could consider favouring lewis this year it would cause long term precent and divide within the garage between Jenson and Lewis. The ramifications of which is that they won't be working together to make the car better and therefore neither has as an improved chance of racing for wins. One of the best outcomes of this year has been how blending Jenson and Lewis's style has produced a better car, which needs to be repeated to push an Arian Newey car (i.e. Red Bull) in the future. Keeping two world champions and favouring one of them isn't going to work. I think the best example of this was within MotoGp when Valentino Rossi was with Jorge at Yamaha, first the wall came down in the garage, then one of them left...

Taz - Unregistered

August 09, 2011 4:18 PM

Support Hamilton for the drivers championship ? forget that one, a few more decent points finishes for Vettel and that one will be wrapped up.

Take a risk in getting next years car designed earlier and out on track earlier so they don't turn up at the last test and realise they've designed something with the aero efficiency of a sopworth camel and then spent 3 weeks throwing bits at it to turn it into an SR-71.

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