Webber’s race problems not down to McLaren ECU

2013 Australian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Mark Webber, Red Bull, Melbourne, 2013Mark Webber’s problems in the Australian Grand Prix were not caused by a problem on his Electronic Control Unit, according to McLaren.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said a problem on the ECU caused Webber to spend most of the first half of the race without KERS. The lack of KERS also contributed to a poor start which saw him fall from second to seventh place.

“Mark made a good recovery after a difficult start and an ECU related KERS issue in the first part of the race,” said Horner. “We managed to reset the system and his recovery was strong from then on.”

The standard ECU supplied by McLaren Electronic Systems has been revised over the winter and caused some problems during testing.

But McLaren Electonics Systems managing director Peter van Manen said the ECU was not the cause of Webber’s problems:

“There was an issue with Mark Webber’s data system in the garage during the formation lap. The ECU on the car was fine.

“We regret any disruption caused to Mark’s preparations for the start of the race and will continue to work with the team to prevent any recurrence.

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