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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March 10, 2013 9:40 AM

Richard, the F-duct system wasn't a pasive system as it had to be trigerd by the driver, it being allowed by the FIA is still regarded as one of the bigest flip backs undertaken by the FIA.
Re testing and championship results, testing times do mean a lot to me regardles of what they mean to others.
Re the problem of a pasive DRS system, the problem is in having the system switched off which can be dangerouse.
The denominator of the RB9 like the models before it centres around the difuser and blowing it, with the rules as are the others can only catch up and faster than RB can improve what they already have.


March 10, 2013 11:11 AM
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"working tirelessly" to understand the 2013 car....a top ten finnish more likely.
Sounds like Mclaren are back in the limbo thy were in with Button last season, or just sandbagging.


March 10, 2013 1:46 PM

I agree with the comments about playing down chances. The last thing anyone wants to do is say they are going to win, because if they don't they look silly. It's all about managing expectations, say you are not going to win, then win it's a big confidence boost. Same with all teams. Really they do have to drop the corporate "trying to understand the car" comments though as that just makes them sound stupid, you want to really understand the car, then ask your employees who designed it I'm sure they can tell you. That's what it sounds like to me, of course it's all about how it works on track, a better way of saying it would be "we are still trying to find the sweet spot in the setup, it's there and when we get it we'll know where we can go with development and setup changes".


March 10, 2013 3:33 PM

I don't understand changing to the pull rod suspension. With very few changes to the regs and having a car that was equal on most occasions to anyone on the grid. And with 2014 needing a lot of attention, Mclaren may have bitten off more than they can chew. Time will tell.


March 10, 2013 4:03 PM

rob. the pull rod system was explaine recently , n tv. first of all, it improves airflow below the car. secondly, pull rod requires smaller dampers and spring medium, thus there is reduced weight in the nose. this more than compensates for the slightly higher c of g of the components.
macca are probably gaining extra street knowledge of the system, for when the new regs come in. ferrari started last year with it, and many mocked them for trying it. towards the end of the season, these mockers were silenced, when alonso nearly won the wdc, against what was said to be the fastest car, the macca. its nort all about speed, but how the car actually grips on the track.


March 11, 2013 4:07 AM

Last year mclaren certainly had the fastest car on the grid, common sense tells me that they must have been nearer to the end of the line with that design than the ones which had a slower car, which in turn means they were forced into being more radical with their new car at a time when they could hardly afford, the same goes for RBR main king pin namely the diffuser and it's blowing, being the most advanced with it and with the rules as are the others will catch up at a much faster rate than RBR can improve theirs, notice the disparate afford on the engine maps and their trying to play the reliability card game again.

Jaycee - Unregistered

March 11, 2013 7:00 AM

Engineers can develop a great car in principle but it takes a great driver to fine tune it, because only he can feel the limits of the car and be able to articulate the adjustments needed.

we all know Mutton isn't great at setting-up cars and Perez is only a junior hot-head...which is fine.

No Lewis or Pedro to setup the car???.....i see tough road for Mclaren during the first half of the year...they will come alive in the second half...by then as usual, it will be game over..

sokudo - Unregistered

March 11, 2013 11:45 PM

@Jaycee, I'm pretty sure you're a bit off on your assessment on Button. Button's problem isn't actually setting up the car. In fact he can and has set the car up beautifully before which has worked wonders for him. Button's issue is IF he gets the setup wrong, he can't adjust as well as a Hamilton or Alonso. He has a pretty narrow optimal performance window.

As for the car, it's understandable why they went the direction they went in. McLaren themselves admitted they were at the end of the development curve of last year's car so it may have started quick but likely would have languished towards the end of the season. Now they have what appears to be a potentially very quick car but it's inconsistent. Sometimes it'll perform great (and Button has put some great lap times in during testing) and sometimes it's plagued with understeer (though I don't think that's a worst case scenario or Button or Perez). It's interesting because McLaren look to be the 'wild card' for the first few races.

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