F1 » Clutch and gear issues thwart Button at Monza


Even though that he was lucky to even make the start of the race after a morning fuel pump issue, Jenson Button was still left ruing the missteps that left him settling for tenth in Monza.

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thelogicalview

September 08, 2013 5:43 PM

I would have thought that something like selecting the correct gear ratios for a particular track was pretty regulation stuff, the fact that they got it wrong suggests that their " we know how to win mantra" is currently very misplaced. In addition the car is still way of the pace despite three quarters of the season having passed. One can only hope that some heads roll soon and if the Saturday Telegraph's story that Whitmarsh overuled the majority vote to have Hulkenburg in the team and that RD is rather less than impressed with Whitmarsh's running of the team rather suggests that that person might just be Whitmarsh. Certainly somebody needs a large kick up the rear end after the shambolic season they have just endured.

Bobkp

September 08, 2013 5:53 PM

@thelogicalview

Agreed their season has been a disaster, but it's not going to get any better. They've already come out and said that there will be no more updates this season - so it's all to play for next year.

However, considering that this year's title is all but wrapped up, I would imagine just about every other team will be stopping development on this years car as well.

Tunde

September 08, 2013 8:17 PM

Whitmarsh may be a problem in, but my money on whom has deepened McClaren's woes further is with Sam Michael. I was under the impression that F1 was a sport that ruthlessly punished failure. Michael failed woefully at Williams, despite unstinting support from Head and Sir Frank. He has left the team a shadow of it's self. How he got the job of a major team directorship is mystifying. Watch, next year's car, under his supervision will be equally uncompetititive. Then he'll have no where to hide. Perhaps LH saw what was coming and bailed.

Tunde

September 08, 2013 8:45 PM

Let me clarify. I fail to see how McC can improve with SM at the directorship level after having failed so publicly at WF1. Perhaps that is a Whitmarsh judgement call, and if so, I condemn them both.

rdc

September 09, 2013 7:04 AM

@barrington

In testing with incorrectly fitted parts (impractical and probably against regulations), that gave a misleading feel to Button, get other that line, it's ancient history

Lonepiker

September 10, 2013 8:15 AM

The only facet of MaClarens year that has been positive is Jensons unfailing optimisism , but his driving skills have been utterly wasted in a car that frankly was a disaster, stayed a disaster, and will end the season as a disaster. Sam Michael and Martin Whitmarsh are simply not skilled or ruthless enough to be at the helm, and should be sacked, and Perez should be offloaded for Hulkenberg.
Lewis cannot make the Mercedes a consistent performer, and it is a far better car than the McLaren. Jenson had better hope that they have something up their sleeve, otherwise he will be stuck for good with a team that has so lost its way. It is almost criminal negligence.

Lonepiker

September 10, 2013 8:15 AM

The only facet of MaClarens year that has been positive is Jensons unfailing optimisism , but his driving skills have been utterly wasted in a car that frankly was a disaster, stayed a disaster, and will end the season as a disaster. Sam Michael and Martin Whitmarsh are simply not skilled or ruthless enough to be at the helm, and should be sacked, and Perez should be offloaded for Hulkenberg.
Lewis cannot make the Mercedes a consistent performer, and it is a far better car than the McLaren. Jenson had better hope that they have something up their sleeve, otherwise he will be stuck for good with a team that has so lost its way. It is almost criminal negligence.

Lonepiker

September 10, 2013 8:15 AM

The only facet of MaClarens year that has been positive is Jensons unfailing optimisism , but his driving skills have been utterly wasted in a car that frankly was a disaster, stayed a disaster, and will end the season as a disaster. Sam Michael and Martin Whitmarsh are simply not skilled or ruthless enough to be at the helm, and should be sacked, and Perez should be offloaded for Hulkenberg.
Lewis cannot make the Mercedes a consistent performer, and it is a far better car than the McLaren. Jenson had better hope that they have something up their sleeve, otherwise he will be stuck for good with a team that has so lost its way. It is almost criminal negligence.

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