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McLaren’s Whitmarsh: “No simple fix” for team’s woes

Jun 28, 2013, 9:12 PM EDT

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Already dim hopes for a McLaren comeback at this weekend’s British Grand Prix appeared to get even dimmer when drivers Jenson Button and Sergio Perez were unable to crack the Top 10 in Friday’s practice speeds at Silverstone.

The duo has yet to claim a podium for the Woking squad, which has been continuously bedeviled by an uncompetitive MP4-28 machine. With that in mind, team principal Martin Whitmarsh has acknowledged that the group has begun moving “quite a lot of resources” toward the creation of their 2014 challenger.

“It’s been a poor season. There has been no simple fix,” Whitmarsh said to the Associated Press on Friday. “The fact is we have a car that is some ways behind the development cycle of the other cars now. We have to be realistic about that. We are going to fight on, but we have to work very hard on next year to make sure we come out competitive.”

While Whitmarsh has hope that McLaren can turn things around in the future, he admitted that this weekend will probably not yield the results that their home fans are hoping to see from them, and British driver Button in particular.

“There are a lot of fans here, loyal fans,’ Whitmarsh said. “They understand you have ups and downs. You don’t want to let them down. We will be doing everything we can to fight tomorrow and the next day. But we’re probably not going give them result that they want and we would want to give them.”

Following practice on Friday, Button indicated that the car’s balance was “reasonable” but that it was still “some way off the pace.” Perez also admitted that the team was “in a similar position to the last race [in Canada], and still quite far from the front.”

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  1. wallio - Jun 29, 2013 at 7:43 AM

    Macca should just scrap this year and go whole hog into 2014’s car. The regulation changes mean the earlier they start, the better.

    • apexassassin - Jun 29, 2013 at 8:14 AM

      and then they can do it again next year when the have to redesign their car for a their new Honda power unit. Macca is fecked until 2016.

  2. apexassassin - Jun 29, 2013 at 8:04 AM

    Why isn’t NBC showing Quali and the Race LIVE???

    3+ channels and you can’t find channel to broadcast live? Pathetic.

    http://www.eplsite.com for LIVE F1 from the Sky feed.

    Use Chrome and ad blocker app, its 100% free and commercial free.

  3. wallio - Jun 29, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    You’re not really wrong apex, but if the rumors of Honda building a test car already are true they may storm the place in two years.

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