F1 » Lowe secures early McLaren release


Paddy Lowe to leave McLaren early to take up new role with Mercedes on 3 June

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Dave - Unregistered

May 22, 2013 3:42 AM

@Bob

Like who?

Anyways, irrespective of your missing no opportunity to have a go at Hamilton (???), on a more constructive note, it seems like the Mercedes problem is more with the high fuel load than a general issue with tyres. The Mercedes is slow specifically when fat with fuel, and fast when much of it has burnt off. If Barcelona wasn't such a narrow circuit, both Hamilton and Rosberg would have struggled to stay in the top 5 last race by the time of the first pit stop. At Bahrain Rosberg also dropped like a stone at the start. But at Bahrain, Hamilton came alive towards the end of the race, and they've both been tremendously fast in qualifying.

Perhaps Merc should be looking at the positioning/geometry of their fuel tank, and whether fuel is moving around in there in an adverse way?

michael fornarina - Unregistered

May 22, 2013 6:47 PM

Rumor I heard on Mercedes tire-munching has to do with they're FRIC's system innovation or passive-active suspension.. they decided to disable a part of it.. (the side-to-side balancing feature) as it was borderline illegal and now they are having the extreme problems with tire-wear .. I don't think you will see a repeat of Merc at Barcelona as they tried to fix the problem by adding too-much positive camber to the rear wheels and it made the problem even worse - Merc is all about 2014 (which is what Paddy Lowe will be working on)-- laugh now, but Mercedes will destroy Redbull and Mclaren next year... mark my words.

michael fornarina - Unregistered

May 22, 2013 6:53 PM

Mclaren is struggling with Paddy Lowe's MP4/28 -- because of Mercedes coup against Mclaren -- Paddy Lowe has been on 'gardening leave' since BEFORE F1 testing began, just as Mac was trying to copy Ferrari's front pull-rod suspension.. imagine if Adrian Newey had been taken off development of the RB8/9 before it was even developed on track? --Which is what happened to Mclaren and why they are now LOST. Paddy Lowe has designed ever fast Mclaren since 2008 -- and now he brings that speed and know-how to Mercedes following Lewis Hamilton this reminds me of championship Benetton staff jumping over to Ferrari back in the day following Schumacher-- similar isn't it?

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