F1 » Whitmarsh: MP4-28 a misjudgement

Martin Whitmarsh has labelled this year's McLaren as a 'misjudgement' borne out of ambition at just the wrong point of the 2012 campaign, admitting that it is going to be hard to make it a success.

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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.


August 27, 2013 11:51 PM

I must say that I respect him for being honest. I am getting tired hearing for 3 years Domenicali & co about problems with wind tunnel or getting the tyres on temperature, blown exhausts performance and many similar stories about Ferrari's underperformance. If McLaren started designing the current car between 2012 European and British GP's, at the time they were busy resolving the troubles of the Mp4-27. They took two separate directions and the result is obvious. I think it makes sense. So hat off to Whitmarsh.


August 28, 2013 12:22 AM

But what advantage is he gaining by telling us?

Unless it's to get his excuses in first for moving on/pushed out/retired whatever, at the end of the season.
With all the changes next year, and Honda coming in with McLaren in 2015, one more change wouldn't make much difference.
Incidentally, a certain person currently at Mercedes had a very close, and ultimately successfull, albeit once they left, relationship with Honda, and could be looking for a job during the coming months.


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.


August 28, 2013 6:31 AM

It seems, from what he says, that they have lost 6 months in the development continuum and have not been able to bridge that development time gap. In fact, trying to rush things to catch up has been counter productive and compounded their problem. It may be some time before McLaren recover from this.


August 28, 2013 8:10 AM

There are "periods" when everything comes together for a team. Red Bull currently have the closest thing to Ferrari's dream team of the Schumacher era. McLaren and Williams fans are probably just wondering when it will happen again for their teams. A long frustrating wait can be....well....frustrating!

The next period of domination is likely to be Merc's, especially if Newey leaves Red Bull to start all over again somewhere else.


August 28, 2013 2:07 PM

There are far too many misjudgments at McAllen which helps to explain their relative lack of success over the past few seasons, their loss of Newry/Montoya/Alonso and Hamilton suggest thay have a people problem and their lack of championships over the past 10/15 years suggest that in the final analysis they can't match the best on a continual basis, there are far too many dips in form for them to challenge on a regular basis. Their strategy of having two No1's works against them as it has other teams using a similar strategy. This years car suggests very muddled thinking which might just encourage Button to look elseware whatever he says. Raikonnen for Button looks a good longshot bet to me.

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