F1 » Michael: We have designers who know how to win

McLaren has the personnel and experience to bounce back after a dismal 2013, insists sporting director Sam Michael.

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September 04, 2013 1:07 PM

If they know how to win how is it that they have'nt won the drivers champioship since 2008 and the constructors since I think 1998. He is a man with a very big ego who does'nt live up to the hype rather like Mclaren in recent times.


September 04, 2013 4:51 PM

Lewis must be laughing at Sam who had Lewis removed from the McLaren garage when Lewis went visiting there to say Hi to his old pals before the start of the 2013 season with the Aussie trying to suggest that Lewis would take info back to Mercedes. What a tool

Since his arrival as head of the pit area on race day we have seen McLaren commit so many errors and effecting their then No 1 driver from winning in 2012.

I do agree with him though when he says McLaren can build a race winning car, for me as long as Neil Oatley is still there. Talented guy.


September 04, 2013 5:44 PM

McLaren have many talented people on board and as lleone said Neil Oatley is the best amongst them. But I believe we shall see new guys from them designing interesting solutions. Just look at Allison at Lotus. He made wonders with the E20 and E21 chassis and now will be one of the top guys at Ferrari. Some former McLaren engineers have a top job at Ferrari, Mercedes ect..like Fry and Lowe. McLaren's engineering excellence lies on its depth.


September 04, 2013 10:56 PM
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Why do Hamilton fans always refer to Hamilton as McLaren's number 1 driver? Who are you trying to convince? Us or yourselves?

Anyway, you just keep telling yourself how good he is and we'll worry about the excuses for why at least 3 people have finished in front of him in the championship for the last 4 years, later!

Jim Clausen

September 05, 2013 3:19 AM
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Hamilton's best year, by far, was his rookie year. That was before he backed into a championship and started believing all the hype about himself. He strikes me as a person who is overly concerned about his image and legacy. Contrast that to Vettel. He could care one wit about his image. Have you ever heard Vettel compare himself to Senna? Vettel currently has as many WDC titles as Senna. When Hamilton dominates a season and wins a championship by his own merits, then I will have another look.


September 05, 2013 11:24 AM
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(1)Please name me all the drivers that have driven a Mclaren' car that are still driving in F1?

(2)Please name me Mclaren's last (or Only) WDC thats still driving?


September 05, 2013 12:21 PM
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1) Please tell me the ONLY McLaren driver who has come higher than 4th place in the WDC since the RedBulls have become dominant.

2) Please tell me the ONLY McLaren driver who has finished as runner up in the WDC and been the ONLY McLaren driver denied a second WDC because of the dominance of the RedBulls.

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