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McLaren has the best balanced driver pairing, says Allen

James Allen tips McLaren to succeed in F1 2011.

Former ITV-F1 commentator James Allen has predicted that McLaren should be very strong next season.

Writing on his personal website, jamesallenonf1.com, he added that in his view the combination of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button is far superior to Red Bull Racing's line-up of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber - and Ferrari's pairing of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa.

“I think McLaren will be very strong next year. There is no reason to suspect otherwise,” Allen said in his review of F1 2010.

“They have a better balanced driver pairing than Red Bull or Ferrari. The only thing to keep an eye on is that the loss of Mercedes' enormous financial support will surely be felt a year on from their separation.

“But McLaren have always seemed to be able to find money and renewing the Vodafone sponsorship deal was very important.”

Allen also added that 2011 could potentially be make-or-break for the Mercedes GP team: “I really feel the pressure is on Mercedes for 2011,” he continued.

“Yes the global car market is improving and for companies like Mercedes the emerging markets – Brazil, India, China etc hold huge potential and yes there are few better marketing platforms than F1 for a brand like Mercedes. But the top brass will want to see some results this year.

“I also think Ross Brawn, having done so much over the years will surely start thinking soon about a life less pressured.

"I'm not sure how much he's enjoying working with the Mercedes people and imagine he will be thinking about his succession plan soon. I'm very interested to see whom he lines up.”



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Thursday, Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-25 and Jenson Button (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-25
Race celebration, Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-25 race winner and Jenson Button (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-25
Saturday, Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-25 and Jenson Button (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-25
Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-25 leads Jenson Button (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-25
Friday, Jenson Button (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-25 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-25
Race, Jenson Button (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-25 3rd position  and Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-25 2nd position
Thursday, Press conference, Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-25 and Jenson Button (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-25
ITV`s Martin Brundle and James Allen do their piece to camera at the Italian Grand Prix

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50 Cent - Unregistered

December 29, 2010 3:19 PM

Ah, James Allen the everlasting lala's fan. I'm sure he voted Nicole's song to be in the to 10 too. Anyway back to the topic - McLaren did not have too shabby of a car since lala was able to collect 108 points in 6 races during the summer. One would have to question if McLaren is the same McLaren of old. Sure the Vodafone is there but the sponsors come and go, but the real reason McLaren is struggling is because they don't have a top nuch designer. Sure their guys are good but are they the top fo the class. The way they were out-husseled by Ferrari in the latter part of the season tells me there is something missing there. I expect them to be fighting for the 3rd in 2011 even if they have the superior understendning of the KERS but they luck in areo and weight distribution departments.



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