F1 » Whitmarsh: Hero-to-zero happens fast in F1

Martin Whitmarsh says McLaren was too ambitious with the design of its 2013 F1 challenger and is now paying the price

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Boom - Unregistered

May 25, 2013 2:48 PM

The biggest problem is the useless Sam Michael. He is absolute garbage, the biggest liability, gives zero good qualities in helping the team. The only contribution from that useless man is slowing the team down, and bringing them down to the low level he is in.

oldtimer - Unregistered

May 25, 2013 4:13 PM

The understatement of the year from Whitmarsh. It was as he said a big mistake and who's resposibility is that? his. Mclaren need a long hard look at how they do things because it clearly is'nt working.

D-Fuct - Unregistered

May 25, 2013 11:09 PM

I don't remember many hero bits from McLaren in a while - perhaps the article should be titled 'from not particularly great to nowhere'.. Still, they've nailed the poorest performance per £ spent ratio which is quite an achievement in itself. Looks like Hamilton made the best move imaginable.

sokudo - Unregistered

May 26, 2013 1:17 AM

They took a risk, it didn't pay off. It happens, though not usually for a team like McLaren. Right now best thing they can do is get everything they can right because with a car that isn't all that quick, with Button particularly (and Perez more consistently later on in the season I feel), they have skilled enough drivers to really take advantage of odd situations such as weather, tyre degradation being more extreme than expected etc.

But they're making the mistakes, especially with Button. Malaysia a bodged pitstop cost Button a certain 5th, a very possible 4th (Hamilton's fuel issues) and a potential podium! (Nico wasn't great on fuel either). And now Button was looking at a top 5 (a miracle really) in quali, the car fails.

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