F1 » Whitmarsh admits McLaren failed tyre test in Bahrain


Martin Whitmarsh has admitted that failing to look after their tyres probably cost McLaren a better result in Bahrain.

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ronsgoldenboy

May 01, 2012 12:56 PM

I hope the FIA has a re-think about the the designed quick wearing Pirell's which is causing to much race unpredictability over car and driver performance,even the smooth Jenson is blitzing his tyres. As MS says divers who are naturally quick should be able to do so and not have to manage tires to an extent to where drivers have to drive within themselves. Funny how Whitmarsh is highlighting this problem when a certain driver starts to struggle.

USA1 - Unregistered

May 01, 2012 1:43 PM

Schumacher won't be happy until Pirelli designs a tire only for him and his Mercedes like he used to get from Bridgestone for his Ferrari.

Now that Schumacher has to deal with the same tire as the rest of the drivers he has shown he is really no better then a midfield driver with his teammate regularly beating him.

Schumacher return: Year one soundly beat by his teammate. Year two Mercedes redesigns car around Schumacher and still gets beat by his teammate. Year three car is completely to Schumacher's specs and his team mate has stepped up his game is again soundly beating Schumacher to include a race win in the car designed for Schumacher's style.

The best thing Schumacher can do is retire and shut his pie hole. His past is coming back to haunt him with all the special treatment he received i.e. tires that no other team had access to for one.

Schumacher thought Rosberg would be easy to beat when he came back and Rosberg has spanked Schumacher soundly for going three years now.

blublz

May 01, 2012 2:15 PM

By being the 'third' quickest of twelve cars, the car is good, the problem appears to be how the team use the tools at there disposal, including things like not putting the race drivers in a position where they get an oppertunity to drive round and increase there feel for the tyres perhaps

Mark _

May 01, 2012 3:12 PM

USA1 - So the gear box failure, being hit by Grosjean, and not having a wheel properly tightened had nothing to do with this year's results then? You really look foolish by ignoring the facts to spew your obvious dislike of the guy. Try watching the races instead of just looking at the results before you comment.

sodesu

May 01, 2012 3:13 PM

I think he's absolutely right. Tyre management has always been a part of F1 racing but so far this season it's been a bit too decisive. Hopefully it gets better once the teams have a bit more data on the different tyre types but as for now, I'm with Whitmarsh and Schu. I want to see racing, not tyre management.

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