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McLaren Electronic Systems apologises for the ECU issue that affected Mark Webber in Melbourne

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richard

March 20, 2013 3:10 PM

nealio. the only thing that horner said was that there was a failure in the ecu info. that was pure fact, and there was no sign of stress. the ones who did show signs of stress, were mes, who quickly denied the problem, only to have to row back and apologise

Pete - Unregistered

March 20, 2013 5:09 PM

This changes NOTHING. Happened 1 time. Webber is a cronic bad starter as his history has shown. In fact, Webber is fortunate to have had 2 DRS zones in which to place as high as he did.

"Complete disappointment" is the best way to characterize the F1 career of Mark Webber, in what has been the best car 3 years in a row and perhaps a 4th this year.

elijah

March 20, 2013 5:59 PM

@richard, the software failure cost Webber points, and it was just the first race of the season. I would be surprised if some re-occurrence of this problem does not arise again during the season. All teams use the same software, so I would like the new ECU/software to be replaced with the old reliable ones before more points are lost.
It seems obvious McLaren knew of this possible problem because they said it would be corrected before the race began, which it wasn't.
The last thing we want to see is the drivers results affected by these glitches when we have a reliable alternative.

107SS2009

March 20, 2013 6:25 PM

Apart from Webber losing KERS for about the first half part of the race I would very much like to know what are the “preparations” he would have been able to have done if telemetry was flowing from his car to the pits?.
If there was no fault with the clutch or the engine it means he simply had one of his bad starts as by the time it took him to cover the distance to reach 100km/h up to where KERS is not yet effective he was already passed by several cars.

FreeJack - Unregistered

March 20, 2013 6:30 PM

Pete - Webber's F1 career has been far from a disappointment, by any reasonable standards. He came into it relatively late and yet has been instrumental in RBR's rise to the forefront of the sport and their program development. He is one of two drivers that consistently win the team constructor's championships and although he hasn't won a world driver's championship, he has been consistently in the mix for years, now. He's got the youngest and three consecutive WDC winner for a teammate. Fact is, a lot of great drivers have never won a WDC. That doesn't mean they weren't still great drivers. Webber has a lot of wins and podiums under his belt, which precludes any reasonable fan from saying his career has been a "complete disappointment." You just sound like a typical Webber hater.

Ptolemy - Unregistered

March 20, 2013 6:38 PM

So McLaren are now admitting guilt? After stating that Red Bull set up the computer wrong in the garage?
Last year we had problems with the "Ferrari" alternators on the Red Bull and this year we see problems with the "Ron Dennis" computer Red Bull are using.
Something smells fishy.

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