McLaren will “look at anything” but see no quick fix

2013 Australian Grand Prix

Sergio Perez, McLaren, Melbourne, 2013McLaren say it could take a while before they recover from the poor start to the season they made in Australia with the MP4-28.

“We definitely were not going to get any more points than that,” said Jenson Button after finishing ninth, over 80 seconds behind winner Kimi Raikkonen.

“We weren’t quick but I think we made the right calls considering what condition we had the tyres in after qualifying. The last four laps of the race were tough because my medium stints were very long because of the short [super-soft] stint.

“We got it home and finished in the points, got a couple of points, that’s not bad. I think as a team we did a good job this weekend but we’re not quick enough and there’s a lot of work we need to do in order to move forward and challenge the front guys, we’re a long way off.”

Asked when the team might get back into a competitive position Button said: “Who knows? We’re not what we think we are so it could take quite a while.”

“We struggled here with ride, everyone’s noticed, it’s no secret,” he added. “Hopefully in Malaysia, it is a smoother circuit, hopefully we’ll get rid of those issues and find a bit more performance, you never know.”

“If we can get into the points again with the car we have at the moment I don’t think it’s too bad. We had races last year with a good car, that we struggled to get into the points so we’ll see what we can do.”

Team principal Martin Whitmarsh added there was no chance the problems would be rectified before next weekend’s race in Malaysis.

He added the team were not ruling out anything as they strive to recover: “We’re not too proud to say when we’ve got things wrong and we do occasionally, that’s just a fact.”

“But for the time being we’ve got to try and get some understanding and make sure we do the best job we can to go forward with this car as quickly as we can. probably not as quick as I’d like and many people would but we think we can work this one out, if we don’t we’ll look at anything.”

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59 comments on McLaren will “look at anything” but see no quick fix

  1. James_mc (@james_mc) said on 18th March 2013, 3:19

    I’m going to reserve judgement and perhaps remember this particular article with comments. I have a suspicion that McLaren will not do nearly as bad as some commentators think!

    • The Blade Runner (@thebladerunner) said on 18th March 2013, 9:18

      I agree. A team can’t go from having the fastest car to one of the slowest and not know how to reverse the problem. Wheeling out the MP4-27 is always an option but I can see them persisting with the new car for at least another 2-3 races minimum. Catalunya may be the point at which they have to take the decision and move in a different direction i.e. forwards at a faster speed! No matter which team you support, F1 needs McLaren to be competitive

  2. jochenrindt78 (@jochenrindt78) said on 18th March 2013, 11:58

    I think it’s a little early to be celebrating Hamiltons ship jumping, it looks to me like the Merc is fast but fragile and a little hard on it’s tyres (x2 when hamilton driving) Gutted that Mclaren have got the wrong end of the stick to begin the season but I’ll be patient and hope for a quick fix!
    Rosberg looked very much like a number one this weekend….

  3. MazdaChris (@mazdachris) said on 18th March 2013, 13:01

    It’s interesting that Ferrari went to a pullrod system for their front suspension last year, and had all kinds of problems getting it to work properly, starting way off the pace. McLaren this year appear to have done the same – gone to a pullrod system and found that the car rides badly and doesn’t get the best out of its tyres as a result. Ferrari managed to turn it around and get the car working, so I don’t think there’s any reason to think that McLaren won’t be able to do the same. Even though I’m sure there’s some temptation to think they would be better off running the MP4-27 instead this year (which would almost certainly be faster at this point) I think the pullrod concept is one they will want to get working long term, with a view to it being a feature on their car from 2014 onwards. Even if this does mean that they spend a chunk of this year struggling to make it work, I think it’s probably a sacrifice they’ll be willing to make considering the potential long term benefits of the system.

  4. javlinsharp (@javlinsharp) said on 18th March 2013, 15:16

    Mclaren is in a tough spot. The car is crap, and the drivers will probably not be able to save it with super human skill. The can improve it as the year progresses, but the other teams will be doing the same. It is doubtful they will be able to bridge the gap, AND surpass the rivals to the extent that gets them back on the podium.

    In my opinion, they should try for a while on the 2013 livery, if that doesnt show promising and quick results, they should scrap it, go back to the 2012 car and put a skeleton crew on its improvment. At the same time, throw the bulk of the engineering staff into the 2014 car.

    The 2013 car seems to not have a chance at decent points, def not able to compete for any WC. I say scrap it and get a headstart on the HUGE changes for 2014.

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