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Alarm bells ringing for anxious Whitmarsh

"But we are still unoptimised in the areas we need to be, which comes from our own knowledge of where they are not as good as what they should be," he continued. "So we still have some work to do on the car, but it's a long season."

"We took the decision to make a lot of changes and knew that to some extent that would put us back a little bit, but we were hoping to get on top of that before the first race," agreed Whitmarsh. "As of today, we are still undoubtedly struggling. That is something we need to gather good information on and work through it this weekend.

"As I said a couple of weeks ago, our car is complex," he said. "Perhaps we haven't yet worked out how best to harness its potential, but we believe that potential is there."

Whether that potential can be tapped in time to salvage the Australian Grand Prix for them should come clear tomorrow when the teams head into the first qualifying session of the year.



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Firestorm - Unregistered

March 15, 2013 1:36 PM

At the moment it looks that Lewis has made the right decision to leave McLaren. Vodafone too will be leaving them, and I red somewhere that Mercedes looks to hide some technical information to them about the V6 engines in order to keep their secrets safe from Honda engineers for the McLaren-Honda of 2015. Troubles everywhere for Whitmarsh and McLaren at the moment. Yes is true that Ferrari had similar problems with their car last year and after four races they found a way to solve most of them and fight for the title till the end...but Ferrari had two advantages. First of all it was the Mugello test before the Spanish GP. Second, they had a driver in Fernando Alonso that McLaren lacks at the moment. But some way I believe that McLaren will win some races and save their honour this year.



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