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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Freddie Freeloader - Unregistered

March 17, 2013 2:31 PM

In 2012 Mclaren had a very fast (but unreliable) car and a fast driver. They let the fast driver go then ditched the fast car.... Mclaren's arrogance is starting to hurt them.

Did you see the pain in MW's face!

hocuspokus - Unregistered

March 17, 2013 4:39 PM

Not a great fday for the team.
But....better this start & move to improve rapidly later than have the great start that flattered to deceive that they had last year & fade fast as others caught up.

Terminator - Unregistered

March 17, 2013 4:39 PM
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I know the car is slow and would not have challenged for the win or podium, but hey Martin, do you miss a certain guy who does a really good job with a slow car? He could have taken it to 7th

mix - Unregistered

March 17, 2013 7:27 PM

If I said it once, I've said it 100 times. Albert park is a unusual track which never usually bears representation to the rest of the year. Whoever is fast here can struggle on the few tracks to follow and vice-versa.
Too early for all this doom and gloom...

jim crint - Unregistered

March 17, 2013 8:56 PM

That was a good race to kick off the year. I guess it's not really a surprise that Kimii won given the progress that team made last year. He drove great though, faultless. I guess the only thing McLaren can take from this is that they scored a couple of points, at least, and they had good reliability. Sauber and Mercedes still have a few gremlins to sort out.

But it looks like 2009 again for McLaren. Having such a radical change to what was the fastest car at the end of last year, given the regulations remaining the same, looks like a case of over-egging the pudding!

Great rive from Sutil!

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