F1 » Button: We're not suddenly going to be competitive

Jenson Button admits that he fears for his F1 title hopes after a miserable Melbourne weekend.

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Andy - Unregistered

March 18, 2013 5:45 PM

McLaren had a great car at the beginning of last season.... but disappeared during middle of the season and poor management with pits and calls, and towards the end of the season.. what happened? This season another story, this reminds of the car they had in 2009....

bob - Unregistered

March 18, 2013 5:48 PM

@oldtimer and the rest of the McLaren bashers

For someone who claims to have watched F1 for so many years, it appears that you don't really take that much in.

The change in design this year was to give them further room for development AND also get on top of the new geometry the cars from next year onwards will need. The front suspension being one.

This year's McLaren will have a lot of parts that will go into next years car, unlike the 2012 Mac, which didn't.

So seeing as you watch so much F1, how bout you actually listen for a change and learn something.


March 18, 2013 6:20 PM

bob. whilst i accept that macca are probably working towards 2014, some of what you are trying to say , does not hold water. there is NO need for suspension changes or even any other major change for next year. the main change will be the engine, and i reckon that all engine manufacturers will inbuild mounting points and suspension points, the same as on current engines. the major change will be the exhaust which will exit at a high point aft of the rear wing, so diffusers etc will be different.
pullrod will not be a requirement, but there may be others going that route. sauber are said to be going there

so rather than criticise us oldies and long time followers of f1, i suggest that you read up on the rules

Angelina - Unregistered

March 18, 2013 7:17 PM

"We're not suddenly going to be competitive"

Actually, No Grip, you were never competitive. You lucked out that one time when Ross Brawn won you a championship, but that ain't gonna happen again. You're back in the midfield where you belong.


March 18, 2013 7:26 PM

I believe McLaren are using pull-rod suspension for the first time, notoriously difficult to understand and set up (look at Ferrari last season) but get it right and it has advantages. I agree with Bob it was done to open up more potential development of the car, obviously they thought last years car had reached it's development potential.

For those saying McLaren are doomed because Paddy Lowe is leaving - pull-rod suspension this year was his idea.

For those saying McLaren are doomed because Lulu has left - LMFAO!

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