F1 » McLaren expects no ‘significant change in competitiveness’

Following a disappointing second F1 round in Malaysia, McLaren Mercedes isn't holding out hopes for a significant improvement in Bahrain.

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April 01, 2014 3:39 PM

They may have found half a second, but it is to no relevance if the WO5 is finding 2 seconds and a half in front of that. We could see a FW14b type dominance in 2014. When a car is that far in front and is turning down its engine then most will say what Mclaren are saying.


April 01, 2014 5:14 PM

It's the same story as last season, we've got a few bits coming but we won't be any faster, what is wrong with Mclaren?, I know RD can't produce miracles but you would think that with all their money they could do a bit better than produce a mid grid car. There is clearly something wrong with their design people this has happened far too often and looks like continuing throughout this season as well. Honda may well be thinking they picked the wrong team to come back with!


April 01, 2014 5:42 PM

It's interesting what is said here, the issue for them is that "post testing" they were slow with the upgrade package, there's no time to get anything else for Bahrain, so they have to work with what they have.

Better news is the Bahrain circuit should be more friendly than Malaysia both in ambient and track conditions.

I'd say there's a lot of progress to be made here using the software design on the hybrid drives to engage a pseudo traction control system to keep wheel spin and tyre wear to a minimum, which would probably result in more energy harvesting too - meaning more available power available from the drive too.

I can only imagine teams are conservative right now because there's a real threat they could run out of engines before the end of the season, bagging points now instead of gambling for a podium could result in short term pain for long term gain.

As long as they bring both cars home in the best achievable positions (5th and 6th based on the competition around the

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