F1 » Whitmarsh: We’re not giving up on 2013

Martin Whitmarsh insists that his McLaren team is not about to quit on the current F1 campaign in order to get its house in order for 2014 and beyond.

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oldtimer - Unregistered

May 22, 2013 8:59 AM

Whitmarsh has to tow the company line of course but the likelyhood of this year's Mclaren becoming a winning car is remote. The upgrades did'nt work and we're now well into the season and neither driver or team have a hope of the championship. The best they can resonably hope for is that they improve enough to qualify in the top eight, anything more is unlikely given the speed of development and the fact that Redbull, Ferrari, Lotus and Mercedes are doing a far better job. In addition they will have to concentrate on next year's car sooner rather then later because they can not afford another disaster next season. Either way Whitmarsh is likely to be gone by next season so he won't have to worry about it anymore.

bob - Unregistered

May 22, 2013 9:34 AM

Let's all remember that in 2009 it took McLaren 10 races before they got onto the podium.

If I remember correctly it was Hamilton driving the McLaren that year, not Button.

Ron - Unregistered

May 22, 2013 9:34 AM

Might as wait and see how the tire changes at Canada change things for both for McLaren and the rest of the feild.

And play some unusual race strategies, starting on hard tires for example, particulary at Monoco, probably won't win the race, but its hard for them to do worse then now.


May 22, 2013 10:34 AM

no team "gives up" a season after a couple of races. if that was the case, the grid would consist of maybe four teams! but there is no reason to believe that McLaren cannot turn the season around. unlikely to win the wdc or wcc, but I would not discount a win or two later in the season.

mike b - Unregistered

May 22, 2013 11:50 AM

richard Button got all his decent results in the first 7 races when the Brawn was a far superior car.
In the last 8 Races of the season when the other teams caught up with Brawn he was nowhere Hamilton outscored him in the Mclaren with 2 wins and several other podiums

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