F1 » Sobering start confirms McLaren woes

Considering Jenson Button won last year's Australian GP, watching him struggle to finish in the points in 2013 was a chastening experience for McLaren.

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Firestorm - Unregistered

March 17, 2013 10:32 AM

I am wondering what Hamilton is thinking at the moment. Many were saying that he made a big mistake leaving McLaren and now it looks that he made an inspired call as Mercedes was clearly faster than McLaren this weekend. I think that McLaren will get their act together in time for the Spanish GP, when the european season starts. At the moment they should work on damage limitation, as Ferrari is 28 points up after the first race. Last year McLaren was 30 points up on Ferrari after the first race bu at the end Ferrari was 22 points ahead of McLaren. But the Woking team doesn't have a Fernando Alonso to save the team's face but they have very good engineers and two very good drivers, so McLaren should join Red Bull, Ferrari, Lotus and Mercedes and make it a top five competitive field.

Clone - Unregistered

March 17, 2013 10:48 AM

Now where are all those people that laughed when Hamilton moved to Mercedes. I think they said things like...he won't even make it to Q2....he'll be fighting midfield teams like Force India. Oh and then they laughed. hahahhahaha. So funny the situation now.

oldtimer - Unregistered

March 17, 2013 11:01 AM

I don't share the view that McClaren will be in the running later in the season, in any case it would be too late by then to rescue their dire start. The facts are that McClaren are gradually dropping away from the top three just as Williams did. No constructors championship since god knows when and a single championship for Hamilton five years ago. Hamilton must be a happy man. Don't know what the answer is for McClaren but for one thing they are far too cocky for their own good they also lack a driver who can get the best out of what they give him on a regular basis. Buttos's a good no2 to someone who is quick because he has the experience and does'nt throw it in the wall like Hamilton did. However the way things are going I can't see any top driver wanting to go to McClaren especially if they drop down below Mercedes and Lotus in the pecking order.

NeweyisyourDaddy - Unregistered

March 17, 2013 11:31 AM

The beginning of the end for twitmarsh and nogrip

Mclaren haven't been a championship winning team for a few years now , to many cockups mistakes bad calls messed up pitstops, only the car has saved them from falling back, now the cars no good what are they going to do ?

Twitmarsh keeps saying they could not develop last years car to much more well how the hell did Ferrari and lotus do it then they were like rockets in the race

I hope it continues like this and it is not a Newey dominated season

dilly - Unregistered

March 17, 2013 11:51 AM

Didn't button say this was the best maclaren he'd ever driven and that he'd had loads of input into its design? Me thinks its time to distance himself from this donkey of a car. No pace, bad ride, lack of consistency,..... And no one to compare setup with. Hopefully the boffins can rescue it.

prof-x - Unregistered

March 17, 2013 12:40 PM

this year might well define Button's career, how he chooses to handle it and how the team come out of it will be a major milestone for Button's career, best of luck to him. Not a big fan of his, but the challenge is clear, and its always good to see someone come through the better afterwords.

soaum - Unregistered

March 17, 2013 1:57 PM

As a Mclaren fan all I can hope for is that they have a season like Red bull had last year. If they can get on top of the problems and win back to back races later on then they maybe in with a shot. Somehow I think that this season will be between the 3 drivers we saw on the podium today i.e the 3 most consistent drivers.

Also Massa got sold down the river today with bad strategy. He could have been 2nd or 3rd today.

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