F1 » Alarm bells ringing for anxious Whitmarsh

Martin Whitmarsh wasn't hiding his disappointment and frustration on Friday, with the new McLaren suffering from a lack of grip and pace in free practice in Australia.

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JJJ - Unregistered

March 15, 2013 6:49 PM

Well clearly the car (at this moment) is bad and they're not just slow because they don't have a top driver (Lulu fanb0iz settle down please), but there is one thing we in fact can hold against Button: how come you're finding out about this now after a couple weeks of testing...wasn't the car supposed to be built around JB's input this year as Perez comes in to the team as a new driver???

I don't think they'll be in (deep) trouble for the whole year though, even if they don't get this car to work they can dust of last year's ride that won the last GP of the year, make some adjustments and it'll be capable of a few podia at least (2004 all over again indeed).

Still...it's definitely gotta be a worry for next year, how can they have any confidence thinking that that car will be any good.

ilm - Unregistered

March 15, 2013 8:42 PM

terminator. so why dont you call sergio "no grip" too. all the team are saying that the car is lacking mechanical grip, but you dont seem to acknowledge that!

Hey Richard how many years of experience jb has under his belt. Sergio is new to the car, team, and lacks overall experience. There's " Nowhere to hide " this time JB and Whitmarsh let's see how your awesome talent and SMOOTH driving style save the day.

equator180 - Unregistered

March 16, 2013 1:07 AM

It seems McL is getting on the loosing end. If you look at what is happening in the pits, factories and administration it is clear McL is being cleaned out and no high profile replacements to take their place. It isn't rocket science to realize Perez will not fill the boots of Lewis and the loss of Patty is not an easy pill to swallow. It also was mentioned the pit crew has many new faces. So many losses and changes and no high end replacements, again, not rocket science, the team is in a downward spiral...

Rt - Unregistered

March 16, 2013 1:52 AM

When I first heard McLaren were building a whole new car, I thought that was a big mistake. Mclarens downside is that they are perfectionists and that has come around to hurt them. They had the fastest car in the final race last year. With this year's nearly same regulations, why change a great thing? Now they start from square one again, and why? To keep developing throughout the season? On top, they have to learn the pull rod suspension and how to tweak it perfectly. As Steve Matchett said, why go with such a big mechanical change

Rt - Unregistered

March 16, 2013 1:56 AM

For such a small aerodynamic gain? Why not stick to what you know and have nearly perfected? I don't think the new car will be that much faster at the end of the season than if they just made this one a more evolutionary design. They have a very difficult season ahead of them. You don't always need the fastest car as we have seen. You need reliability and downforce.

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