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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Ian S - Unregistered

March 18, 2013 3:01 PM

"Typical british invention lol. "..oh how droll ronny. Need I point out that British inventiveness is responsible for the highly advanced state of F1 cars and has been since the class was invented. F1 is almost completely British on the technology side. As for all the uninformed waffling about the problems that Webber experienced, unless any of you are technically qualified and have inside information on what happened, then it might be better to keep your opinions to yourselves!

Nikeros - Unregistered

March 18, 2013 3:24 PM

Ian S. I had a 1959 Triumph roadster that always had electrical probs in the rain cuz the fuses were located where water could drip on them. I later purchased a 1967 Triumph roadster which had exactly the same problem cuz in 8 years they apparently couldn't find a fix. That is British engineering. BTW without uninformed opinions this would be a very dull site. Cheers!

outsider - Unregistered

March 18, 2013 3:59 PM

Why with Redbull does it happen to Webber 95% of the time. It would seem they pay more attention to the othe car. And the 21 other units didn't have an issue

richard

March 18, 2013 4:32 PM

outsider. how long have you watched f1? vettel has had numerous incidents, including two alternator failures last yea alon. he also suffered from kers failure in the past, yet still was able to win.
if you have been following the posts on various sites, you will see that once again, the failure or problem was with a third party supplier, in this case mclaren!

and for your info, seb also suffered from radio problems in australia, and rosberg also had a problem with ecu...draining battery and cutting engine.

webber drove around the problem until rbr were able to reprogram telemetry and restore things to normal.

Ian S - Unregistered

March 18, 2013 4:56 PM

@Nikeros. I had a mid 70's Fantic with the worst electrics in the world. It made Joe Lucas look like Nikola Tesla. The ignition system was made by the same Magneti Marelli company now providing ECUs to most MotoGP teams. I don't universally condemn Italian electrics on the basis of my own experience. Agree with you about the uninformed opinions though.

Outsider - Unregistered

March 18, 2013 5:30 PM

Yes Vettals has had some issues, but if you take the last few years a whole the Majority of the issues do affect Webber, I admit my 95% was a little OTT, but I was aware that Vettal had some.

I will be honest and I wasn't aware of any other ECU issues in testing.

richard

March 18, 2013 5:43 PM

outsider. yes. in testing there was quite a kerfuffle over the failure of the ecus. from recollection, lotus, rbr and ferrari all had big failures, and i think that merc also suffered. mes say they are still working on it. the software was renewed for this year, and that seems to be the problem.

FreeJack - Unregistered

March 18, 2013 5:49 PM

His car was far too slow off the line to chalk this up to "just another bad start by Webber," although the NBC broadcast team were sure quick to do so here in the States...and of course, the keyboard warriors online, as well. Very disappointing to fall from second on the grid to finish in sixth, but here's hoping this is just an anomaly and not a portent of things to come in the 2013 campaign.

John - Unregistered

March 18, 2013 6:32 PM

"Vettals has had some issues, but if you take the last few years a whole the Majority of the issues do affect Webber"

That's simply untrue. If you look at mechanical DNF's, Vettel has had six in the last four years compared to just one for Webber. Less severe problems are spread a little more equally but Vettel still has had more of them than Webber.

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