McLaren claim pit stop record

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Jenson Button, McLaren, Valencia, 2012In the round-up: McLaren say they set a new record for the fastest pit stop stationary time in the European Grand Prix

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McLaren: pit stop ‘not the norm’ (The Telegraph)

“Mercedes were the previous record holders of the fastest stationary pit stop, achieving a time similar to McLaren?s 2.6s in Korea last year. But the Woking team believe they were just quicker.”

Three teams still on for Silverstone test (Autosport)

“Discussions have taken place over the past two Grands Prix to try and resolve the matter, and it now appears that at least three teams – believed to include Marussia, HRT and Williams ?ǣ are now planning to run on the Thursday and Friday after the British GP.”

McLaren predicts fierce development (ESPN)

Sam Michael: “I think the development rate this year is going to be really fierce because in the past there were things that maybe for half a tenth you would have lumped into something else, but it’s not like that now. 50 milliseconds is one place this year, sometimes two places, so you’re going to be bringing gains that are tinier and tinier. It would be interesting to see what the gap between the top 10-15 is like from the start of the year, because it feels like it’s getting tighter and tighter.”

European GP Review (Williams)

Chief operations engineer Mark Gallagher: “Obviously the team were disappointed to see one of our cars sustain damage so close to the end of the race when we were showing good pace, but we respect the decision taken by the stewards. Both Pastor [Maldonado] and the team have moved on and the focus is now on achieving a good result at Silverstone.”

Martin Whitmarsh: “These days everything is a surprise…” (Adam Cooper)

“At the end [Lewis Hamilton] was clearly and obviously struggling on the tyres. Twenty nine laps on either tyre was going to be a challenge, and it proved very difficult to do. If you stopped early you were taking a big risk, so it was difficult to come through that one.”

GP Of America Making ‘Significant Progress,’ Spokesman Says (Speed)

Alex Howe: “Nothing has changed in the last two weeks, since we hosted Sebastian Vettel and David Coulthard as the first drivers from F1 to try out the new circuit. We continue to make significant progress toward the first race in June 2013, in all aspects.”

Circuit officials offer to send county staffers to London race (Statesman)

“Local Formula One organisers have offered to pay airfare and other expenses for two Travis County employees to observe the arrangements for a race in England next week, a move the county judge endorses.”

Vijay Mallya Q&A: Force India on target for podium (F1)

“We want to be on the podium. I think we?re close to it now.”

Will Mercedes offer Schumacher a new contract? (BBC)

“They are known to be interested in Hamilton, the only one of the big three who is potentially available to take his place. But Hamilton may well not be available – he seems more likely to either stick with McLaren or to try to persuade Red Bull they should take him on given the reasonable possibility they could lose Vettel to Ferrari at the end of next year.”

Alonso sails serenely (Sky)

Martin Brundle: “To suggest the safety car was a tactical deployment to spice up the racing is nonsense. We saw as they pushed Vettel’s and other cars away at various times just how difficult it is for the marshals to clear the track at that circuit between the walls and with limited internal service access.”

Sexism in F1 or just playing to the target audience? (The really bad F word)

“Perhaps if there was a female driver or two, she would have hunky men at her car with bulging muscles wearing a stretchy tight tank top? I still cannot see this happening any time soon though.”

Comment of the day

Does unreliability make F1 races more exciting? SirCoolbeans is hatching a plan:

It was fun to see reliability issues return, it?s not a nice way to exit a Grand Prix, but it really spiced up the show.

So, overtaking and reliability issues make for entertaining races, maybe we need another button on the steering wheel that the driver presses in a designated zone, it will ‘roll a dice’ and give them a 1 in 100 chance of having their car forced to break down, but only if they are leading by more than some arbitrary time.

It could be called the Reliability Determination System or RDS, it would sit well next to DRS.
SirCoolbeans

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151 comments on McLaren claim pit stop record

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  1. sam3110 (@sam3110) said on 27th June 2012, 0:06

    McLaren, what exactly is the point in bragging about the fastest ever pitstop if the very next one you do is a complete shambles (like about half of them so far this season) and costs your driver about 12 seconds in the race?

    • HoHum (@hohum) said on 27th June 2012, 0:24

      Lets compare their AVERAGE pit stop time with Ferrari, RBR etc. and see if they want to brag about that.

      • Estesark (@estesark) said on 27th June 2012, 0:30

        I completely agree. I think Lewis Hamilton would rather have two 3.5-second pit stops during a race than a 2.6 and a 15.0!

        • Eric Morman (@lethalnz) said on 28th June 2012, 12:46

          very true,
          but what they didnt say was the jack was hit too hard by Lewis Hamilton
          and bent a rod which releases the jack, hence the reason it kept failing,
          if you look at others jacks they have a guard in front to take the hits but i guess they thought it would make it lighter making it even quicker to remove.

    • Carlitox (@carlitox) said on 27th June 2012, 0:53

      In canada HRT had the top speeds in the speed trap, and they didn’t make a fuss about it. So shut up and keep practising boys.

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 27th June 2012, 1:37

      You don’t think that setting the fastest stop of all time is in any way notable?

      • James (@jamesf1) said on 27th June 2012, 12:17

        It’s notable, but when in context with the rest of the race and weekend, it’s pretty academic. As a poster has said above, the HRTs were fastest through the speed trap in Canada. Also, Luca Badoer was fastest through the speed trap in Belgium 2009 during practice and qualifying, but managed to qualify last whilst Raikkonen went on to win the race.

      • tharris19 (@tharris19) said on 27th June 2012, 16:21

        Nah, not really. Speed has not been their issue efficiency, consistency and organization has. 2.6 then 15.0, case in point.
        It like potential, they can but they have not.

    • OOliver said on 27th June 2012, 1:51

      Mclaren claim pit stop record and the comedy awards.

    • timi (@timi) said on 27th June 2012, 2:33

      @sam3110 @hohum The point is that the slow stop had absolutely nothing to do with the pit crew. The front jack failed. It just collapsed, there was no human error. I see no problem with them being happy that on the human side they’ve improved immensely.

      • Julian (@julian) said on 27th June 2012, 2:56

        The point is that the slow stop had absolutely nothing to do with the pit crew. The front jack failed. It just collapsed, there was no human error

        I must disagree, McLaren developed that jack and despite knowing that it failed numerous times in practice decided to use it in the race. A human made that decision to use it and it is quite obvious they made an error in deciding to do so. The front jack failing was a result of a human error.
        But on the positive side, it does show they are trying to improve, so good on them for that.

        So yeah well done to them for making a fast one but with their record this season, it does seem a bit silly to tell the world about it. One could argue they are “bragging” about it although they probably mentioned it as a morale booster for their pit crew and the media are running away with it a bit, but like I said just before; it is a bit silly to do so in the public eye when looking at their track record this season.

        • timi (@timi) said on 27th June 2012, 11:33

          @julian No. It was a new and untested jack so everything you say about human error is false.

          • Mads (@mads) said on 27th June 2012, 11:57

            @timi
            That is exactly what he says. The jack isn’t new and untested by it self. Someone decided that proper testing it wasn’t necessary. It was a human error, because it was a human decision that meant that the jack failed.
            Had they tested it properly they would have found out they had made a mistake and then redesigned it.

          • Julian (@julian) said on 27th June 2012, 14:44

            @timi
            I was under the impression from ted kravits that the jack was tested in practice. If it wasn’t, that’s even worse! (as @mads explained above)

      • vjanik said on 27th June 2012, 8:35

        Dont forget that when the backup jack-man was supposed to lift the car up, he only did it partially so they were not able to put on the wheels properly because the car was not fully off the ground. this cost them about 6 seconds. even with a front jack failure it shouldn’t take McLaren 15+ seconds. Thats why they have the backup jack at the ready. going forward, they must make sure that the backup jack man is trained to operate it.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 27th June 2012, 7:12

      I think its good that McLaren thanks the guys for their efforts this way @sam3110
      These guys have been made fun of, scowled and laughed at for bungled and slow pitstops this year. And they did manage to get a great team effort in that fully deserves being talked about. Remember its a team sport and kudos to the guys volunteering for the job after all that.

      Sure the next stop went wrong, but there’s not much McLaren would want to say about that, is there. Its clear to everyone that it got Hamilton into a bad position, and he jack did not work. As @Julian writes, it was a new and untested one. And it showed. Isn’t it great to see the team pushing like this, instead of playing it safe and boring?

    • minnis (@minnis) said on 27th June 2012, 18:48

      Not only did they cost Hamilton 12 seconds in the pit stop, but they also cost him his third place, which quite probably would have led to him being in the lead. Yes, Raikkonnen did pass him at the end, but if he was in a better position to begin with, (and wasn’t trying to compensate for a bad pitstop) he might have survived till the end of the race. I would much rather have had two mediocre pit stops than this.

    • Solo (@solo) said on 27th June 2012, 19:39

      Is like a football team bragging about scoring the fastest goal in the league after they completely lost the game lol.

    • rantingmrp (@rantingmrp) said on 30th June 2012, 12:53

      They can claim both the fastest and the slowest pit stops.
      LOL

  2. Ciaran (@ciaran) said on 27th June 2012, 0:15

    “Bragging about pit stops” is one of the least intelligent things McLaren could do, right up there with replacing Hamilton with Karthikeyan.

  3. HoHum (@hohum) said on 27th June 2012, 0:16

    Re COTD, we used to have a button like that, the drivers operated it with their right foot, depressing it all the way gave you more speed but there was that chance that something might break and slow you down or stop you completely and create a huge cloud of smoke to entertain the spectators.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 27th June 2012, 7:14

      I would seriously consider this comment for COTD @hohum, reliability comes from having safety margins built in almost all components now (as there’s a limit to their allowed maximum power technically it can run much higher than is used, and improved quality control and diagnosis instruments help establish the margin).

  4. F1Yankee (@f1yankee) said on 27th June 2012, 0:31

    mclaren has another pit stop record:
    2 front jack failures in 1 stop

    “Local Formula One organisers have offered to pay airfare and other expenses for two Travis County employees to observe the arrangements for a race in England next week, a move the county judge endorses.”

    seriously, this should have been done ages ago, and often. what kind of half-assery is going on in austin?

  5. Mallesh Magdum (@malleshmagdum) said on 27th June 2012, 0:38

    Force India on the podium? Mallya has been saying this since 2010….hope it comes true this time

    • icemangrins (@icemangrins) said on 27th June 2012, 2:13

      He was saying this since 2008….and he achieved a podium in 2009 with Fisi in Spa

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 27th June 2012, 5:44

      @malleshmagdum – I doubt it will. Force India have really failed to capitalise on their momentum from last year. Of all the midfield teams, they’ve made the least progress. Lotus, Sauber and Williams all been getting a lot of attention with their on-track performances, which Force India haven’t been able to muster up. Mallya has since been talking up the team’s prospects, probably to compensate for their lack of breathtaking performances.

      • Optimaximal (@optimaximal) said on 27th June 2012, 11:33

        You could argue that they’ve been a bit more consistent than Sauber and Williams, if also much more anonymous.

        Unfortunately for them, the points system is finally rewarding the podiums in this mixed up season…

    • Girts (@girts) said on 27th June 2012, 7:14

      @malleshmagdum Me, too. The drivers deserve it and the team deserves it even more. At Valencia, Hulkenberg was actually very close to making the podium. It would be great if Force India finished on the podium at the Indian GP, I imagine it would give another boost to F1’s popularity in the country.

      • Mallesh Magdum (@malleshmagdum) said on 27th June 2012, 9:04

        i don’t know if u live in India @girts The F1 reporting here is terrible! F1 news is prepared by journalists who dont follow the sport. A podium will surely improve it.

        • Neel Jani (@neelv27) said on 27th June 2012, 9:55

          I live in India, and yes, it is terrible to say the least. Some can’t even pronounce Formula 1 – “Formuula One”

          and I am tired of Steve Slater’s blunders and Paula Malai Ali’s casualness. To add to it, Steve Slater has met it’s match in Gary Paffett. Oh! I miss Karun Chandok and Chris Goodwin.

          • Mallesh Magdum (@malleshmagdum) said on 27th June 2012, 10:58

            @neelv27 @girts I really hv no problem with Star Sports. But look at the news. In 2008, whn a Force India retired due to tech issue, news would be ‘Sutil crashes out’. And after the Canadian GP, NDTV being a top news sports channel in its headlines said ‘Hamilton wins ahead of Alonso’….doesnt get worse than this! They dont even Romain Grosjean and Sergio Perez! All they knw is ‘Ferrari, mclaren, redbull, force india, and names a few top drivers!’

          • Neel Jani (@neelv27) said on 27th June 2012, 19:54

            I hate the fact when the media brings in the nationality quotient in Formula 1.

          • Mallesh Magdum (@malleshmagdum) said on 28th June 2012, 8:23

            @neelv27 haven’t u seen the Japanese, they always prefer their drivers. Nothing wrong in bringing nationality in F1. And yes, F1 awareness is low. U knw, whn i told a classmate abt the Force India car in the stadium in IPL, he said ‘oh yeah, the one for man of the match!’..,other guy asked ‘Is F1 the sport with the red cars?’..,anthr guy didnt knw who Schumacher is! And we Indians think that Sachin Tendulkar is recognized everywhere! @girts

          • Girts (@girts) said on 28th June 2012, 9:08

            @malleshmagdum I agree that media usually focuses on the local drivers. The German TV always talk a lot about Vettel, show short movies about him and try to interview all the German drivers before and after the race. You’ll never see them interviewing di Resta or Kovalainen, only the Germans and, less often, the top drivers. I admit that it sometimes gets excessive and annoying but that’s just the way it is so I’d be very surprised if the Indian TV didn’t focus on Karthikeyan and Force India. Furthermore, all the sports that are popular in my country, have long tradition here and / or are represented by strong local sportsmen. For example, F1 will never be in the news before ice hockey. And it’d take really a lot to make cricket popular in the Eastern Europe so I can imagine how it is with F1 in India.

        • Girts (@girts) said on 27th June 2012, 10:43

          @malleshmagdum I don’t live in India and, unfortunately, I have never visited your country, too. But I really like Force India and I enjoyed watching last year’s Indian Grand Prix a lot, it has already become one of my favourite races.

          As for the media coverage, I think it will improve but it will take some time. It’s a bit complicated if F1 has no history in the country. I live in Latvia and the media coverage of F1 here is pretty average, too. The journalists mainly publish translations of articles from the British F1 websites. But I don’t blame them for doing that because they don’t have enough resources to create something more original and better and I believe there wouldn’t be enough demand for a high quality content in Latvian, too. I watch F1 on German TV and sometimes read German websites and magazines but even they cannot meet the high UK media standards. So I really hope for more success by Indians in F1 but it’s likely that one will need to speak English to get the best content anyway.

          • Mallesh Magdum (@malleshmagdum) said on 27th June 2012, 10:51

            @girts every F1 fan in India speaks English. F1 news in non-english media is non existent

          • Girts (@girts) said on 27th June 2012, 11:23

            @malleshmagdum That’s interesting! But why is it so? As far as I know, Hindi is spoken by hundreds of millions of people, why is there no F1 coverage in Hindi?

          • Mallesh Magdum (@malleshmagdum) said on 27th June 2012, 13:38

            @girts u probably don’t know Hindi isnt a native language to most Indians. This should help http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_languages_by_number_of_native_speakers_in_India Ignore the 41% native speakers of Hindi. The language has many dialects which totally differ from Hindi, but they aren’t recognized as languages. Most Indians speak 3 to 4 languages. Native speakers of Hindi belong to North India. South Indian languages completely differ from Hindi. Consider my case- native lang is Kannada, i speak English, Hindi. Here in South, Hindi is spoken as a 3rd language(and most South Indian ppl cannot speak Hindi at all), and since almost all F1 viewers are in South India, where we prefer English over Hindi, we dont have Hindi broadcast. Infact when Karthikeyan made his debut in 2005, we had Tamil(his native language) broadcast available.

          • Mallesh Magdum (@malleshmagdum) said on 27th June 2012, 13:44

            @girts Before the Buddh Circuit was built, Motorsports in India were held only in Coimbatore and Chennai(Madras), which is India’s motorsport capital. Both cities are in the Southern state of Tamil Nadu. Most top Indian racers are from Bangalore, Chennai(Chandhok) and Coimbatore(Karthikeyan)…………It surprised me when BIC was built in the north Indian city of Noida, where F1 viewership is low.

          • Girts (@girts) said on 27th June 2012, 14:03

            @malleshmagdum Thank you very much, I never knew all these facts about India. In fact, they made me even more interested in your country. Just one more question – do you have any promising young drivers that could possibly get promoted to F1 in the future?

          • Neel Jani (@neelv27) said on 27th June 2012, 20:03

            Mate, you see India has an average literacy rate of 74.04% and majority of the population resides in rural areas.

            Formula 1 is a complicated and technical sport for a layman to understand. I have been asked questions like:

            Why do cars keep going on the same road?
            How can the guy get a fair chance to win if he starts last?
            NK finished 22nd? He is a bad driver
            MSC finished 8th? Hmm… he doesn’t seem interested in driving

            I mean you get people, confidently passing judgements on a sport they hardly understand. It reached the summit of idiocy when our very own Sports Minister said that, “F1 is not a sport”

            Cricket is far simpler to understand and with the level on intellect, very few will understand F1.

            I recommend you watch BBC Indian GP race build up, and people were not even aware that a GP is going to happen in a few days time.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 27th June 2012, 8:42

      @malleshmagdum Had Hulkenberg’s KERS not failed in Valencia he could have been on the podium on Sunday.

      He was only passed by Schumacher and Webber with two laps to go. Had his KERS not failed earlier in the race they would have got to him later and found it harder to pass him.

  6. HoHum (@hohum) said on 27th June 2012, 0:45

    McLaren are glossing over Lewis’ bad pit stop saying “ultimately it made no difference” whereas ultimately if Lewis had been 10 seconds further up the track Maldonado would not have had the opportunity to crash into him. McLaren are to be given credit for admitting a problem and making good progress in solving it and the equipment failure was difficult to forsee but pretending it did not significantly affect Hamiltons WDC chances is foolish at best.

  7. schooner (@schooner) said on 27th June 2012, 0:54

    Hard to believe that McLaren would make a big deal out of that one quick pit stop, given the absolute mess they made of the next one. There seems to be some gremlins haunting Hamilton’s box this year.
    Different subject … has Ferrari given any explanation for Alonso stopping on track after the race? I’ve not been able to find anything written about that.

  8. HoHum (@hohum) said on 27th June 2012, 1:02

    Early summer and already it’s going to be 106 F. degrees in Austin, when is the race scheduled? I wonder what the track temp. will be if it is not at the end of the season, and who will be the tyre winners and losers if it is this hot on race day.

  9. OmarR-Pepper (@omarr-pepper) said on 27th June 2012, 1:30

    Longest time on pits right? or the biggest number of races spoiled to just one driver, or tell me some truth because their shortest time on pits is nothing compared to every race’s Hamilton dramas. Hamilton fixed their terrible performance and he was about to fix it again this time… well plain bad luck as well as Romain and Seb. Alonso grabbed all that luck for him this weekend :(((

  10. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 27th June 2012, 1:57

    I don’t get it – because Hamilton’s second stop was a disaster, the fact that his first stop was the fastest ever is somehow invalidated? If anything, McLaren’s ability to produce that stop proves that they are improving. The disaster that was their second stop only proves that they are not improving as quickly as they (and everyone else) would like to.

    • vjanik said on 27th June 2012, 8:53

      They should be concentrating on avoiding things like a sticking wheel nut, failing jack, running over wheels. these are things that cost Lewis track positions this year. Thats where their effort should go. Once they have a fool proof process and ultra reliable equipment, then they can focus on shaving off some tenths of a second off their stationary time.

      Its like bragging that your factory production line can make a car in less than 20 mins ( a record). But actually 5 out of 10 cars are flawed and unusable. The priorities have to shift from outright speed to consistency.

      • Andrew81 (@andrew81) said on 27th June 2012, 10:05

        Exactly, I agree with this. They are running before they can walk. A 2.6-second pit stop doesn’t matter if the next one is 14 seconds. The average is still 8.3 seconds. If they focused on ironing out the errors and put in consistent 3-second pit stops it would be much better.

    • Jake (@jleigh) said on 27th June 2012, 10:50

      I don’t get it ether. A lot of people are saying Mclaren shouldn’t be bragging about it, but we should also remember that they were probably asked about it.

    • HoHum (@hohum) said on 27th June 2012, 23:30

      @prisoner-monkeys, Just bad luck eh ?

  11. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 27th June 2012, 2:05

    I just heard an insane rumour that Max Chilton will replace Timo Glock at Silverstone. Chilton’s father bought Carlin, which runs in GP2 with Marussia’s support. He also apparently bought Lloyds’ stake in Virgin before they became Marussia. Somehow, this translates into Marussia getting rid of their best driver for the sake of a pay driver witha rich father.

    • Chalky (@chalky) said on 27th June 2012, 8:36

      @prisoner-monkeys Considering how long I’ve been following F1, I find these rumours always amusing. It would at least be a good indicator of how good Timo is to see a ‘pay driver’ take his place for one race.
      The other thing is, what are the qualifying requirements for a driver to enter F1? How do you get this elusive “Super License” and has Max Chilton qualified to get one?

      • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 27th June 2012, 8:53

        @chalky – There are several ways to get one. Most of these require winning (or in some cases, placing in) certain FIA-designated championships, but you can also get one by completing 300km of testing. Chilton drove for Force India at last year’s Young Driver Tests, so he may have done enough to qualify for one. It’s his only way forward, since he hasn’t won any of the designated championships; the closest he came was fourth in the 2008 British Formula 3 championship, and you pretty much need to win or come second to get get a superlicence there.

      • vjanik said on 27th June 2012, 8:58

        he drove for Force India in the young drivers test last year so he must have a super license. and as long as he is in the 107% rule he can race.

        • Chalky (@chalky) said on 27th June 2012, 9:14

          I didn’t think you needed a super license for testing, but only for entering an actual Grand Prix. Correct me if I’m wrong.

          • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 27th June 2012, 9:36

            You don’t need a superlicence for testing – but you can earn one from testing. I think what vjanik is trying to say is that since Chilton tested for Force India, he probably has a superlicence from it.

      • Dave (@davea86) said on 27th June 2012, 9:15

        It’s also interesting that this is coming up right after Glock pulled out of a race because he was feeling sick. Coincidence or Glock finding out about Chilton and throwing the toys out of the pram?

        Ok maybe that’s a bit of a stretch…

        • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 27th June 2012, 9:40

          That’s probably reading far too much into it. For one, it’s hard to fake an intestinal infection and convince a qualified doctor of it. And secondly, if Marussia thought Glock was throwing a hissy fit, they’d probably fire him for it.

  12. Kingshark (@kingshark) said on 27th June 2012, 2:51

    In the round-up: McLaren say they set a new record for the fastest pit stop stationary time in the European Grand Prix.

    Yet the next one, just like half the pit-stops you’ve done this season, was a comical mess. Smart one Mclaren.

    • Julian (@julian) said on 27th June 2012, 3:45

      Is Australia the only race where they didn’t botch a pit stop? I know Hamilton lost out to Vettel but that was due to the unfortunate (or fortunate depending on which driver you support) timing of the safety car.

      Well I just decided to answer my own question in the same post. Did a quick check using Keith’s awesome tyre strategy/pit stop articles; from what I could see they didn’t muck up in Australia, Monaco and Canada. And almost in Barcelona, that’s where Hamilton ran over the old tyre, lost around 2 seconds.

      Now I’m wondering how much time they’ve lost overall but I really don’t have the time to work it out, I should be studying for my exams.

      • BasCB (@bascb) said on 27th June 2012, 7:20

        In Canada a lot of time was lost from Hamilton letting the clutch slip though (2x – maybe he had not been expecting that quick a stop either!), not the pit crew messing up @julian, apart from that, they have been messing up stops in each race since Aus (didn’t they mess up Hamiltons stop there too?)

        • Julian (@julian) said on 27th June 2012, 9:24

          Oh I forgot about that in Canada. But then again I was only considering the pit crew errors so I wont count hamiltons sticky clutch situation. Same with Australia I guess.
          I don’t think they messed up anything in Australia. Safety car screwed them over, unless I’m forgetting another one. Wouldn’t put it past me :P

          • minnis (@minnis) said on 27th June 2012, 18:55

            I’m counting Monaco. They didn’t keep Hamilton informed about Vettel staying out. Its clear how close it is – had Hamilton been told to push for a few laps he would have probably made it out in front of Vettel.
            In Australia and Monaco (and maybe others) Hamilton complained of a clutch problem hindering his ability to make a fast start. So McLaren have in fact botched something up in every race, if you count the clutch.

          • Solo (@solo) said on 27th June 2012, 19:57

            WRONG!!!! The pit-crew made an error in Canada too. In the second pit-stop they had a problem with his right rear. It just didn’t cost them as much as other times they had problems with something.

  13. Racing fan said on 27th June 2012, 3:48

    I love the fact maclaren push the limits even if it doesn’t create consistency, that’s what their team is about.

  14. leotef (@leotef) said on 27th June 2012, 3:48

    lol McLaren may want to get some credit for that instead of all the bad words cast. At least trying to show off some glean of hopeful potential in the future maybe? Still though what matters is average time spent unless only the shortest pitstop counts into the all lap times.
    They do need to improve their performance over the pit side and strategy side as well as car upgrade. I remember that in every GPs this year, there was not a case without this or that episode in HAM’s pitstop.

  15. Eggry (@eggry) said on 27th June 2012, 3:50

    the fastest pit stop? It doesn’t matter…

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