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Mclaren...........

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by Sam (U13630962) 12 March 2009
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....Are they actually the slowest out of the pack??!

....or is this some sort of trick, trying to get the other teams think they're slow?

To me the second option seems quite silly, and if so I don't understand how they could go from top to bottom just overnight :s

I think the only way we're going to find out is Q1, 29th March!

...Unless anyone has any information I don't know here?!!

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posted Mar 13, 2009

personally, i think RGP is playing games, remember years ago, Jean Alesi was sensational at Barcelona for Sauber (seconds quicker than others - no balast in an attempt to get sponsors??) then awful all season.
everyone is doing there own thing, lets wait until the grid at Melbourne

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posted Mar 13, 2009

There is no way McLaren will make up 2 seconds before Australia. They'll be lucky to be in the running before the British GP.

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posted Mar 13, 2009

McLaren have a real problem and not a lot of time to fix it without heavily compromising their Q sessions in the first few races as they seek solutions.

Brawn running the same power train & outpacing them by 2 seconds indicates a real chassis based mechanical grip issue at the rear. These take much longer to fix than aero probs.

Good luck guys - don't forget to pack plenty of spare rear rubber for Oz!

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posted Mar 13, 2009

I think theres a certain amount of sandbagging going here. I've always thought that McLaren tend to run fairly conservatively in testing, so if they are 2 secs off the fastest, in race pace terms they are probably half a second off the ultimate, even so in Formula One that Is quite a margin to find with no testing between events.

It could be a blessing in disguise for Hamilton, reduced expectations and a season scrapping. It could very well be the making of him.

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posted Mar 13, 2009

I think the explanation that makes the most sense is that the varying lap times are simply down to the in-season test ban.

If McLaren (or indeed anyone else) have managed to get their main set-up working well, then it would appear eminently sensible to use the remaining time to test set-ups for other tracks / conditions.

Whereas in the past, test times were a good indicator of the cars' true pace, now we probably won't know for sure until the race weekend starts.

I was worried by the reports of McLaren running their cars with last season's rear wing and problems with the diffuser and floor, but given their reputation for producing good cars, I would expect them to have sorted out any problems they might have by the end of the test season.

My biggest wish / hope is that the BrawnGP cars can be as competitive in qualifying and race conditions, as they have shown in testing.

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posted Mar 13, 2009

Mark your words all you nay sayers & etc will choke on their own predictions once Australia starts.

Mclaren is one of the most capable teams in F1, and they will over come any setbacks they have or presumed.

2s will not be a piece of cake to overcome but dont forget, Mclaren has been extensively testing KERS! That could be a vital missing link in some teams.

Let the races begin!

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posted Mar 13, 2009

Completely agree with chiappe1524. Alonso is a very intelligent driver (not being biased or something) and has a lot of experience over Hamilton. I would put my money on Kimi too..

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posted Mar 13, 2009

There is a saying among those who do race, or have raced :

"when the flag drops, the bs stops".

Bring on the racing, and let the speculation be put to rest by actual RESULTS.


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posted Mar 13, 2009

Well they aren't in good shape or sandbagging. Straight from the horses mouth they've indicated they are off the pace and will not be in the running for wins. Which effectively puts a stop on Lewis defending his title. there's always 2010 I suppose. At least we can cheer on Jenson.

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posted Mar 14, 2009

Ok, McLaren, Struggling, Not going to win races! Do these words all belong in one sentence? Well maybe so, don't forget, we're in a credit crunch and they've recently paid the biggest fine in sporting history, so why wouldn't they be struggling? But then again why would Brawn be so competetive, no time to build a competetive car, only just sorted out an engine supplier! So how come they have a competetive car already or did that wiley old fox Ross Brawn have this set up months ago and was it they who have been sandbagging?

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