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

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March 20, 2013 7:27 PM

elijah. good point about possible use of ecu mk 1. as far as i am aware, there were in fact TWO stages of ecu allowed last year, so it could well be possible that fia would allow a back step to last years unit, if a team wanted it. not sure if there is something in last years unit that would be disallowed in this years/

freejack, to claim that mark developed the bull is a bit disingenuous. he did nothing in it when with dc, and then seb came in and proved that the car was not as bad as mark thought it was. seb had won a number of gps with the car, befoe mark finally broke his duck.

so a 20 year old newcomer, could drive a car that an experienced 30 (??) year old couldnt? that surely says something, doesn't it?

Pete - Unregistered

March 20, 2013 8:48 PM

@ Freddie & Freejack, Webber didn't have any wins before joining RBR and it took him a while to get his maiden win at that at RBR. I'm not saying he is terrible, because he does help RBR win the WCC each year. But he HAS BEEN in the best car on grid for a while now...
I'd give more credit to Newey than Webber or even Vettel for development

Pete - Unregistered

March 20, 2013 8:51 PM

Especially in this era of no in season testing. Karma has a way of coming back to mark. Perhaps that mechanic isn't as thourough with his car as Vettels. Mark hasn't been the most cooperative team player as evidence in Brazil when his teammate had everything to gain and MW made it easy for Alonso and not so for Vettel for the title chase..... Just saying....

Pete - Unregistered

March 20, 2013 9:10 PM

Webber has a lot of Ralf Schumacher in him. When the car is right, he's very difficult to beat, but how often is that for any driver on grid?

jim crint - Unregistered

March 20, 2013 9:52 PM

I think Martin Whitmarsh has had better weeks....! He'll be drinking early for a while yet!

Australia's such a great race, this last one was pretty good, the fans are great, but why can't they stuff one of these (mainly) puerile Tilke tracks in at the start of the season as the 'shakedown' race!

Pete - Unregistered

March 20, 2013 10:28 PM

Race #2: Malaysia Sepang is Tilke's first track designed for Formula 1 introduced in 1999.

Race #3: China, one of Tilke's tracks designs in operation on the F1 calender since 2004 so you will have a Tilke design course at the beginning of the year to properly address pace.

Temps were unseasonably cool in OZ and as a result, tire wear was minimized. The heat and humidity of Malaysia coupled with a proper F1 circuit will show what each car's true pace will be at this stage of the season.

bogaaaa - Unregistered

March 21, 2013 12:04 AM

Pete it is clear you no nothing about F1 racing, with such poor harsh comments,,,thank god Redbull knows everything about F1 and keeps signing Webber...

Pete - Unregistered

March 21, 2013 3:04 AM

Hahahahahaha.... thank you for the compliment! It's clear how much RBR likes Webber. If he wouldn't have signed before Brazil, Marko would have had him out on his bum..... OUT is where Webber will be in 2014.... maybe endurance car races...


March 21, 2013 5:38 AM
Last Edited 986 days ago


If it was Marko's call, Webber would not be there today. Thankfully Horner and Mateschitz (most importantly) are the reason Mark gets resigned.

Sorry Fernandabulous. Still, you gave my name a better working over than I did yours.

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