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McLaren apologises to Red Bull

McLaren Electronic Systems apologises for the ECU issue that affected Mark Webber in Melbourne
McLaren has apologised to Red Bull for the ECU issue that affected Mark Webber during the Australian Grand Prix.

Webber lost time when the lights went out after a software-related issue with the part – supplied by McLaren Electronic Systems – affected his preparations for the start of the race.

Red Bull boss Christian Horner was quick to lay the blame with McLaren for Webber's problem, with McLaren then looking into the cause of the issue.

Having traced the problem, McLaren has now apologised for the issues that Webber faced and said it was working with Red Bull to avoid a repeat.

“An ECU comprises several thousand parts, tens of thousands of solder connections and hundreds of thousands of lines of software,” a McLaren Electronic Systems statement read. “It is a very complex piece of equipment that controls the powertrain and DRS, and acts as a car's primary data system.

“The electronic units themselves ran without incident in Melbourne, but there was a software-related issue that meant that Mark Webber's Red Bull Racing car's garage data system had to be re-started during the formation lap. That disrupted his preparations for the start of the race, for which Mark and the team has our apology. We are working together with them to prevent any recurrence.”

F1 features a new standard ECU this season, which will also be used when the new engine regulations come into force next year.

McLaren Electronic Systems provides the ECU used by every team on the grid as well as those used by teams in NASCAR and IndyCar.




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FreeJack - Unregistered

March 20, 2013 6:30 PM

Pete - Webber's F1 career has been far from a disappointment, by any reasonable standards. He came into it relatively late and yet has been instrumental in RBR's rise to the forefront of the sport and their program development. He is one of two drivers that consistently win the team constructor's championships and although he hasn't won a world driver's championship, he has been consistently in the mix for years, now. He's got the youngest and three consecutive WDC winner for a teammate. Fact is, a lot of great drivers have never won a WDC. That doesn't mean they weren't still great drivers. Webber has a lot of wins and podiums under his belt, which precludes any reasonable fan from saying his career has been a "complete disappointment." You just sound like a typical Webber hater.

richard

March 20, 2013 1:08 PM

ferdi. i doubt that webber would "panic". yes, he is known for his tardy starts, but if everything is not working properly due to an ecu problem, then how can he be classed as panicking? if ant said that, probably he was not aware of any issue at the time. but all commentators do make boobs, and just talk for the sake of talking. and they do not use the same ecu in nascar or indy. i'm not even sure if it is an ecu from mes



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