F1 » Whitmarsh not thinking of quitting

McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh says he intends to remain at the head of the struggling Woking team, despite rumours to the contrary.

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May 12, 2013 12:07 PM
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McLarens last rubbish car was coincidentaly during Whitmarsh first season in charge. They scored the equivalent of 46 points during the same four fly-away races (using current points system), Hamilton managed a best of P4 in Bahrain, Heikki managed P5 in China. The updates in Spain yeilded P9 in Spain for Hamilton. The team built a new car for Hungary however they wont have that luxery this season, the drivers (particularly JB) will need to knuckle down and haul the team forward. The team are lined up pretty close to Nico Hulkenberg in an even less competitive Sauber, he is cheaper than both McLaren drivers at the moment.

bob - Unregistered

May 12, 2013 12:35 PM

@cookie and the rest of the deluded LULU fanboys

Yes, if only Hamilton was in this years McLaren, then we'd see what it could really do!

After all, the last time McLaren had a crap car in 2009 Hamilton drove the wheels off it and qualified for this very race in...oh, hang on,14th position!!!

Hamilton can't do jack in a bad car - as perfectly demonstrated in 2009! Give it a rest!


May 12, 2013 12:56 PM

marbles. thanks. yes, it is a pity that fanboys use this forum to try and boost their idol, rather than look a t the full f1 picture.

we don't want f1 to be like soccer, where one bad result can see a manager fired.

oldtimer - Unregistered

May 12, 2013 4:53 PM

It is all too easy to demand Whitmarsh's head but would it make a jot of difference? Yes he is at fault but so are the design team, in addition Button is not the best person to have in this situation and Perez is new and inexperienced. I don't see any fast fix to this problem as the car appears to be so bad that the new upgrades did'nt appear to make any difference. Button seems bemused by the situation and Whitmarsh keeps smiling. However they both seem like honorable men and I'm sure that come seasons end one or both of them will reconsider their position. Mclaren need to start anew and if rumours I have heard about a former Mclaren driver being asked to return are true then things may well start to improve.

need4speed - Unregistered

May 12, 2013 5:37 PM

Its got nothing to do with Whitmarsh. Bringing Dennis (Ron) back to the squad wont solve this problem. That problem is the clear lack of a driver who can get the most out of it and neither Button nor Perez can do that right now.

prof-x - Unregistered

May 12, 2013 5:45 PM

If McLaren copy Ferrari they will find instant pace, Whitmarsh failed when he let Jenson politic his way to be the #1 driver, its been eroding ever since.

fish fingers - Unregistered

May 12, 2013 5:52 PM

Reducing the offer and belittling Lewis was a huge mistake, whoever made that mistake. Personally think its a v complicated situation at Mclaren currently, u have the Dictatorial Mr Dennis, an angry major Shareholder, an embattled Team Principal, a sidelined Pat Fry... 2 drivers who are under real pressure and one who I think cd call it quits at the end of the season

hell we may even see Ross Brawn taking over from Whitmarsh!

Dennis - Unregistered

May 12, 2013 7:32 PM

I believe the tyre situation must be sorted before Canada if Mercedes get on the front row at Monaco who will get past them the only place to pass will be the pits as Hamilton said he could not drive any slower. I believe the tyre situation is stopping the drivers from having a good race and has done for the last couple of seasons bring in another tyre company like we use to have.

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