F1 » Whitmarsh: we're sticking with MP4-28


McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh has said that they will stick with the new 'revolutionary' MP4-28 for 2013 and won't roll back to last year's design.

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Fernandabulous

March 16, 2013 2:42 PM

the 'we are a front running team' part of the statement may be a hint at the teams problems, it seems they didn't expect anyone else to do a better job than them. Well now we get another opportunity to see and hear another possible mis-truth, 'no team can develop an F1 car like McLaren'. Or is the truth that for the last three seasons Lewis Hamilton was the one who knew how to set the car up.

John - Unregistered

March 16, 2013 2:47 PM

"for the last three seasons Lewis Hamilton was the one who knew how to set the car up."

Considering the results of the last three seasons that doesn't say much for Lewis Hamilton, does it?

Bob - Unregistered

March 16, 2013 2:54 PM

"Considering the results of the last three seasons that doesn't say much for Lewis Hamilton, does it?"

Considering Hamilton won them the only championship since Hakkinen and the position that McLaren are in now, I think it says quit a lot.

oldtimer - Unregistered

March 16, 2013 3:09 PM

As Whitmarsh says we 've been in this situation before, why? one might reasonably ask. I would have thought that they need to have a serious look at how they do things wrong so often and how often the others get it right. There's no doubt they can develop a car to be fast but getting it right in the first place and keeping it there seems to be beyond them. I can see Ron Dennis waking from a long slumber and kicking **** big time unless there is a rapid change of fortunes.

bob - Unregistered

March 16, 2013 5:35 PM

For crying out loud, would everyone give the McLaren bashing a rest!

If I recall rightly, last year Ferrari were in the EXACT same situation at the start of the season.

Lotus/Renault haven't been much chop since 2006.

Merc have been hopeless since the end of 2009.

Red Bull is the only team to be consistently dominant since 2009/10. And even they started last year behind the 8 ball after TOTAL domination in 2011.

So PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE can we give it a rest? It's getting very boring!

bob - Unregistered

March 16, 2013 5:42 PM

"Considering Hamilton won them the only championship since Hakkinen and the position that McLaren are in now, I think it says quit a lot. "

The original claim was that Hamilton has been the only one able to set up the car for the last 3 years. He won his WDC 5 years ago.

But it begs the question, if Hamilton is so good at setting up a car, why has he not finished any higher than 4th in the WDC in the last 4 years?

2009 the Mac as a bit of a dog, so we'll give him that one
2010 the Mac was a competitive car, so what happened?
2011 the Mac was Red Bulls only competition. If I remember rightly, Button took the fight to Vettel and took 2nd in the WDC, so what happened to Hamilton?
2012 the Mac was unreliable, so we'll give him that one too.

So there's 2 years in there that the 'worlds best F1 driver' STILL hasn't reached any higher than 4th in the WDC and yet his 'crap midfield driver' team mate reaches 2nd in the WDC.

hmmm...

FLMKane - Unregistered

March 16, 2013 6:50 PM

@bob

2009. Dragged that dog of a car to win 2 races

2010. Hamilton was in the championship RIGHT TILL the last race in a car slower than Ferrari and Red Bull.

2011. Crashed and burned. No doubt about it

2012. Destroyed Button. Jenson had 2 retirements, compared to Hamilton's 5. Furthermore, Lewis was blasted out of the race by Maldonado in Spa and lost a possible podium in Korea due to an ARB failure.

If your gonna compare Jenson vs Lewis, Lewis wins by beating his teammate for 2 years, grabbing more wins and more poles.

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