F1 » Horner lays blame on McLaren ECU for Webber woes

With McLaren's technical standing taking a beating on track, now its their provision of the latest generation of ECUs that's under the spotlight.

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March 18, 2013 11:58 AM

Red Bull initially suspected Webber's problem was caused by a failure of the standard ECU, which is supplied by McLaren Electronic Systems (MES).

However, post-race inspection by MES has pointed to an issue in the garage instead.

Peter van Manen, the managing director of MES, told AUTOSPORT: "There was an issue with Mark Webber's data system in the garage during the formation lap. The ECU on the car was fine.


March 18, 2013 12:25 PM

rob. did you READ he story in autosport. mes say they BELIEVE that the problem was in the rbr garage.
yes, rbr could not receive the telemetry. then mes go on to say that they are working with rbr to ensure that it doesnt happen again.

now, i would be the first to admit that i know nothing about computers, but this seems to say that there was no communication between the telemetry being transmitted from the car, and the garage. to me that indicates that there was a problem with the transmission, bearing in mind that the software for transmission and reception is supplied by mes. yes, there may have been no actual defect in the ecu, per se, but it was in the software, prohibiting transfer of info, and also blocking kers.

funny how the SAME problems affected several teams in testing.

Gaz - Unregistered

March 18, 2013 1:11 PM

No-one else appeared to fluff the start !
Said to my mate before the start "just watch Webber struggle to get it off the line" and he does me proud again lol

Alex - Unregistered

March 18, 2013 1:58 PM

@cris - Unregistered

Horner was responding to question on Mark's poor start (again). He was defending Mark, so no need to go Vettel and RB bashing here.

Starting from pole, it's natural one wanted a bit more. It is obvious that those who watched the interview, Vettel was no sore loser, he was more gracious than "my-start-was-better-than-Massa-but-i-was-blocked-by-Lewis" Alonso.

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