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June 17, 2015 10:20 AM

F1 » Button: Don't discount our background developments

The problem is that the developments haven't worked, one step forward and two steps back comes to mind. We're now getting on for halfway through the season and the car is little faster and no more reliable than before, When history is written maybe we will get to the truth of this overambitious collaboration between a team which has been a shambles for the last few years and a powertrain manufacturer who has totally underestimated the time it would take to become anywhere near competitive.


June 16, 2015 7:25 AM

F1 » Lowdon: Manor rebuild on track

I read stories of them getting the Honda powertrain which is a worry given it's history so far. I assume their thinking is that with HAAS coming in as a sort of Ferrari B team they are going to be pushed further down the pecking order. It's a pity there is not another powertrain available although I believe Cosworth have one ready to go if the money turns up. I wish them luck and I'm sure they will outlive Bernie despite his best efforts.


June 18, 2015 4:23 PM

F1 » Embattled Alonso urges McLaren to focus on reliability

As I understand it the car for this weekend is going to be a highly modified version so it is likely that it will be even more unreliable than usual. They are in a rock and a hard place, if they turn up the power it breaks and if they turn it down the car won't work because the aero has been updated to work with the extra power they haven't got. Best guess form this shambles of a team is that it staggers to the end of the season and Honda then announce that they are having to build a new power unit which hopefully works. Meanwhile Boullier will be saying that we have yet more updates but the tracks don't suit our car so we're stuffed really. Button will have left for a career in keeping his mouth shut and Alonso will be talking with his advisers about how he can get out of his contract and into a competitve car.


June 13, 2015 4:43 PM

F1 » McLaren Honda still hoping to get on terms in 2015

It is becoming clear that the chassis as well as the power unit is well below the expected standard, no surprise there as Mclaren haven't produced a decent chassis for years. As for all the upcoming improvements we will just have to hope at least some of them work because up to now it has seemed like a complete shambles. No doubt in future we will read that Honda deeply regret joining F1 again too early and well before they had done the nesscessary work to ensure that they were competitive. The current situation has done nothing for their reputations and come seasons end I'm sure RD will be wielding a huge rusty knife to the mclaren line-up, the only thing to ask is will he go himself as he is undoubtably part of the problem.


June 15, 2015 12:36 PM

F1 » McLaren needs an ‘extreme approach’ to win again

The problem with the extreme approach is that it has'nt worked, would have made more sense to have started in 2016/17 rather than parade your dirty washing in public. Honda in particular have totally underestimated what it would need to be competitive. The problem of trying to catch up has been well practiced by more teams than I can count and it has never worked, once you are that far behind that is where you stay as the others are moving forward faster than you.


June 10, 2015 6:41 PM

F1 » Boullier: It’s key to keep morale

By the time the McLaren Honda is a success most of the present people like Boullier, Button and others will have been kicked out, others will have left of their own accord because it is so damaging to their reputations working for a crap outfit. The problems run to the top where an egocentrical maniac presides trying to relive his previous successes, deluded and sad and that's being polite!


June 02, 2015 7:17 AM

F1 » Alonso pushing McLaren to improve reliability

Catch 22 comes to mind, they are way,way down on power yet unreliable as well. They say they will have more power for Canada but will that bring more unreliability, they are stuck in a hard place and seem unable to progress. Both parties underestimated the difficulty of developing a new power unit and whatever they say it is going to be late 2016/17 before they start to get up to speed.

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