F1 » Whitmarsh: McLaren 'working tirelessly' on MP4-28


Martin Whitmarsh: It's important to remember that our MP4-28 is a new and uncompromising design that we intend to develop aggressively throughout the year

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oldtimer - Unregistered

March 09, 2013 12:40 PM

What this statement intimates is that McClaren have cocked up again and are having to do alot of modifications to get up to speed, all the talk about uncompromsing design and aggressive development mean nothing unless you get it right in the first place and McClaren don't do getting it right in the first place, they are always playing catchup. It's a big gamble starting with a new design Its either right or it's wrong and if it's wrong you're in trouble. Red Bulls evolution of their last year's car will be the car to beat and I forsee another runaway championship for Vettel with Alonso once again hard on his heals.

107SS2009

March 09, 2013 1:19 PM

Red Bull might as well be scratching their head too, at least it looks like that, we will have to wait till the racing starts to see where the teams stands in real racing, but up to the last tests the RB9 had the slowest speed of them all in a straight line at 307km/h, also Red Bull/Renault engine maps used in testing were banned by FIA (they have been told the 2012 rules still stands, but now they are trying to play the old card game with the FIA of "the new maps are a must because of reliability"

richard

March 09, 2013 2:26 PM

sunny. the bull may be slow in a straight line, but dont forget, they were too, last year. they set up the car for race conditions, not for drs use. and the fact that they are slow in a straight line, might indicate good aero downforce, which would benefit the in corners. it would be interesing to see cornering speeds.

as you are saying, all teams are nervous so we may get a better picture next week.

but with ferrari bringing new aero to melbourne, it sort of indicates that changes are needed, and they didnt get it right first time.

Clone - Unregistered

March 09, 2013 2:56 PM

I think the Red Bull is fast and will have the significant advantage. 2nd place is a lot closer, but Mercedes seem to have made a definite step forward. I think 2nd will be between Mercedes, Ferrari and McLaren depending on the track, but RB looks very good overall. I realise their testing times were slow, but if you look at the car's handling, the Bulls were planted and seem to have a more downforce. The others were much more variable.

107SS2009

March 09, 2013 3:00 PM

Rob, hopefully not as when the FIA gaved in to the reliability card played by Red Bull at Silverstone they got the sports into a big mess,
Richard, I know that straight line speed alone dosn't win races but straight line speed is a part of racing, last year they wasn't the fastest but they wasn't the slowest like this year.

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