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Whitmarsh: MP4-28 a misjudgement

Despite taking the blame for the team's inability to bounce back in 2013, Whitmarsh insists that he is not wasting time worrying about his job security.

“We are a team and ultimately I take the blame - that's my job,” he confirmed, “It is not my style to single out people publicly when things go wrong. I am happy to name names when we are successful and give them the opportunity to stand on the podium, but it is my job when things haven't gone so well to take the responsibility.

“This year we have made some big mistakes - I don't like it, but there is no point in hiding from it. I am not the one to judge [the right man for the team] - I don't spend too much time reflecting on that, but I am not worried - that's not on my mind. I want us to progress. Yes, this is a bad year, but usually we come back strong - and that is what we will do next year.

“It is much more enjoyable to go motor racing with the prospect of winning. We don't enjoy going racing without that prospect, so it's now painful and difficult, but that's life. It's an unusual situation because, in the last ten years, we've always been there fighting for wins and even championships right to the end of the season.

“And you can't back off this year. We have to be disciplined and have to make sure to put a lot of effort into next year - and we are certainly doing that.”




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25.08.2013-  Race, Pit stop, Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-28
24.08.2013- Free Practice 3, Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-28
24.08.2013- Free Practice 3, Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-28
24.08.2013- Free Practice 3, Sergio Perez (MEX) McLaren MP4-28
23.08.2013- Free Practice 1, Martin Whitmarsh (GBR), Chief Executive Officer Mclaren
23.08.2013- Free Practice 2, Sergio Perez (MEX) McLaren MP4-28
20.04.2014- Race, Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29
20.04.2014- Race, Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29
20.04.2014- Race, Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29
20.04.2014- Race, Kevin Magnussen (DEN) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29
20.04.2014- Race, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM07 during pit stop
20.04.2014- Race, Kevin Magnussen (DEN) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29 during pit stop
20.04.2014- Race, Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29
20.04.2014- Race, Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29
20.04.2014- Race, Kevin Magnussen (DEN) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29
20.04.2014- Race, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM07
20.04.2014- Race, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM07
20.04.2014- Race, Kevin Magnussen (DEN) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29

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Gazza1JB

August 27, 2013 3:43 PM

finally some believable info about how they came to the decision to build this heap of cr*p rather than keeping the philosophy that they had end of last season when Button & Hamilton were winning races all over the place... Shame, sounds like they basically panicked after a few bad races in middle of last season.

Firestorm

August 28, 2013 1:45 AM

Why people blame so much Whitmarsh? I agree that he haven't won still a single title but since Red Bull started their domination back in 2010, Ferrari, Mercedes and Renault(Lotus) have failed as well, despite having competitive machines from time to time. The combination of Vettel, Webber with the intelligence of Horner and especially with the genius of Newey is just the best at the moment. Dennis too has had times which he was forced to eat the dust of Ferrari and later of the Renault. From 2000 to 2007 McLaren didn't won any title despite winning several races. And he disposed Newey as well and still failed.



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