F1 » Gillan: McLaren turnaround could take time

McLaren's current malaise could stretch through to the Canadian Grand Prix according to one respected F1 engineer.

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April 04, 2013 2:53 PM
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"wrongly fitting a suspension part during the season's first test at Jerez was attributed as the cause of Button topping the times and giving McLaren early cause for optimism"
What an omnishambles. From the driver up to the team principal they are in a mess. Jenson Button fantasising about winning the championship, with a car which is customarily" thrown together ". Overseen by a team principal who "With hindsight",would do things differently i.e., lets run the race again shall we. And to top it all the designer of the MP4-28, and best man to turnaround the car Paddy Lowe, filling his days with thoughts of helping rivals Mercedes win championships .
Mclaren are in deep doodoo.

oldtimer - Unregistered

April 04, 2013 3:26 PM

The suggestions that there are a number of things wrong with the MP4-28 will probably mean that there is no quick fix and If there are fundamental design mistakes in the car there it will take time to modify the cars. We don't of course know exactly what is wrong but if it turns out to be the case heads should roll. Mclaren will need to get it 100% right because after 4 or 5 races they will be beyond the championship and will have to concentrate on getting a few wins to save face. Button for the championship! I think not.

SMadF1fan - Unregistered

April 04, 2013 7:48 PM

I think i'm right in saying that Mclaren have gone for a similar front suspenion setup as Ferari did in 2012 and seem to have alot of the same problems with ride and steering that Alonso and Massa had for half the season. I tought this might happen when Mclaren first told all its was going down the pull-rod front setup to lower the centre of gravity. ( lets all hope Alsono throws a pandy and shows pictures of Ferrari's setups if Massa beats him in qually , like somebody else did ? ) only joking but it would help Mclaren out.

Silver Arrows - Unregistered

April 04, 2013 10:59 PM

Why didnt Mcca try and improve the the MP427 car for the 2013 season as at times it was the fastest car in 2012 and with not much changes in the regs this year it would seem to be the way to go..

Anyway it seems Mcca needs a driver that can get the best out of a bad car and not just telling the team there is a problem with the car but push the car so to help with its development.

Shame that driver was pushed out of Mcca

jim crint - Unregistered

April 05, 2013 5:28 AM

silver arrows, nobody 'pushed' Lewis Hamilton out of McLaren. He left of his own accord to a team that offered not only more money but the promise to make him a 'global brand'. He didn't leave with pound signs in his eyes, but with dreams in his head of big posters of himself in every Mercedes dealership around the world. He's also planning a museum in his childhood home to show off all his trophies and to celebrate his exploits when he retires. I hear the evenings just fly by with Lewis Hamilton as he regales you with tales of his heroic drives and gets you to watch re-runs of all his best moves.

And the driver who stayed at McLaren was actually on course for a possible podium at the last race in a complete dog of a car or, at worst, 5th. Would Lewis have done any better than that? I think not!

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