Jenson Button, McLaren, Jerez, 2011

Whitmarsh defends late test for new McLaren

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Martin Whitmarsh says using the old car for the first test was the best approach for McLaren.


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Q&A – McLaren?s Martin Whitmarsh (F1)

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