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theoldgitspeaks

February 24, 2016 5:26 PM

F1 » Reliability issues creep in as McLaren urge caution


Mclaren still seem to be miles off the pace and the reliability problems of last season have quickly arisen again, For all their talk Mclaren don't seem to have improved to any significant degree. They needed a huge leap in performance and clearly have failed to obtain it, looks like another season at the back of the grid, I feel sorry for the drivers especially Button in what is probably his last season, he really should have signed for Top Gear at least that is reliable! much preferable to tooling round at the back of the field.

theoldgitspeaks

March 05, 2016 8:17 AM

F1 » Button satisfied but McLaren ‘still has work to do’


The actual reality is that after 8 days of testing the combined times show Mclaren much where they were last season, down in 16/17 places in the lineup. Of course they have improved but they of all the teams needed a huge leap and they have not achieved that, Everybody else has moved on too and McLaren have become swamped in the lower half of the grid where a lot of teams are very close on times. Best we can hope for this season is a few points, no podiums and certainly no wins. I hope they can find some more speed because everybody will get faster as the season progresses and a failure to improve will leave Mclaren down right at the back again.

theoldgitspeaks

March 03, 2016 7:25 AM

F1 » Button enthuses over biggest McLaren gain for a year


I don't think we should read too much into this improvement, they needed to improve big time and have managed to make some gains. But the fact is that they were so far behind that a huge improvement was needed. Nobody does that in one big jump and I expect it to be 2017/18 before Mclaren get near the front. Hopefully Alonso will still be with the team although I suspect he will be back with Renault by then leaving Vandoorne to lead the team.

theoldgitspeaks

March 06, 2016 12:53 PM

F1 » Alonso confirms McLaren still has 'many things to work on'


I would put good money on McLaren not winning with Honda, they are so far behind the ball game that catching up is virtually impossible, most people on here will not agree so why is it that people like Ross Brawn say it takes at least five years to build a team to the point where it can challenge for wins. In addition the rules change next season will favour those doing the job well I.E Mercedes/Ferrari/Williams/Redbull not those lagging down the back of the grid.

theoldgitspeaks

February 26, 2016 9:54 AM

F1 » Alonso staying buoyant despite late test blow


I have gaiven up deluding myself that McLaren would return to the front with this Honda powerplant. Last year was a debacle of the first order and this season has started only marginally better. The car is way of the pace and if McLaren had had the pace they surely would have wanted to show it but they can't because the improvement is only marginal and everybody else has moved forward. My guess is that by mid season Alonso will be on his way and Button will have announced a premature retirement and at seasons end the McLaren/Honda partnership will desolve in acrimony and backbiting of the highest order. Quite where this will leave McLaren is difficult to figure but they have been on a downward spiral now for several seasons and as Williams found it is a long road back to the top.

theoldgitspeaks

February 24, 2016 7:15 AM

F1 » Alonso: Best chassis achievable for McLaren


While the chassis maybe better the powerplant still seems to be underpowered judging by the times. They may say that they were just doing all the normal testing and checking but if the car had improved that much they would have wanted to put a marker down but clearly they haven't done that. Looks like another season at the back of the grid, so much for progress.


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