F1 » Drivers did a tremendous job, says McLaren


It wasn't the strongest British Grand Prix McLaren have enjoyed, but team principal Martin Whitmarsh insisted that both drivers were on good form.

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oldtimer - Unregistered

July 09, 2012 1:17 PM

McClaren have been slipping away from the top teams for some time rather like Williams did. They never seem to design the best car. Last year it was very poor at the start but they managed to improve it later in the season and this year they started well but have dropped way behind Red Bull and Ferrari. There is clearly something wrong somewhere as both drivers criticised the car yesterday. It is all very well for MW to say we will sort it out but it is getting too late for this season, Mercedes, Lotus, Williams and Sauber are starting to knock on the door and McClaren are sliding backwards. Perhaps it is time to look at the people and set up and take a new direction as the present one is clearly not working.

spainman - Unregistered

July 09, 2012 1:41 PM

The drivers did as well as they could.The team should look at the person they hired at the end of last season.A certain S Michael.He nearly ruined Williams and now he is doing the same at Mclaren.Sack him!!!

JRC - Unregistered

July 09, 2012 2:30 PM

If the drivers did a good job then where is the problem ?
The Car ? Or the team ?
A pair of drivers in what is supposed to be a top team finishing 8th and 10th in their home GP is not a good result. Maclaren need to take a good, hard look at themselves if they want to be competetive this year !

elijah

July 09, 2012 3:39 PM

Yesterday, the fashion disaster who is the BBC F1 Technical Analyst Gary Anderson, said the most interesting thing he saw on the grid was the different set up front wing angle between Hamiltons, and Jenson's, car. Hamilton had much less front wing angle than on Jenson's car. This would give a lot of understeer, and so he expected Hamilton to have front tyre problems during the race.
Hamilton loves oversteer, not understeer, so this all wet set up on an all dry racetrack, gave Hamilton the problems Gary correctly predicted.

The pit team performed well this time, but the technical understanding of the best use of tyres leaves a lot to be desired.

Pole Position - Unregistered

July 09, 2012 3:50 PM

It's hard for me to understand how a team like Mclaren can allow themselves to fall back so far. Considering all their resources. Right now they probably have the 4th or 5th fastest car on the grid. And to think they locked out the first row of the grid in Australia. That seems so long ago.

benignlyindifferent

July 09, 2012 3:55 PM

A week ago, McLaren stated that the Red Bull advantage from Spain would not be evident, as the high speed corners of the circuit would suit the McLaren. Turns out to not be true.
So, they are behind in their low speed aero and mechanical grip, they are behind in their aero for high speed circuits, and they don't "understand the tires" yet.
Good luck keeping Lewis...

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