McLaren anticipating widespread reliability issues

By on Friday, January 24, 2014
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McLaren sporting director Sam Michael believes that drivers will just need to finish the races early on in the year to score points.

Many teams and drivers are anticipating widespread reliability issues as Formula 1 enters a new era with 1.6 litre v6 power units.

"In the early races there’s no doubt there’s going to be significant reliability issues up and down the grid," said Michael.

"We’ve already seen the start of that in dyno programmes, we’ll see that again in testing."

"To be honest if you finish in the first few races you’re going to have a very high chance of scoring points. How long that continues during the year will be a race, as well as a performance race you’re going to have a reliability race where people are spending to get reliable."

"It could be like the eighties or even worse."

Michael also believes that the 2014 season will be one of regrowth for McLaren.

McLaren failed to finish on the podium in 2013 and slipped to fifth place in the constructors' championship.

"We’ve made no secret of our disappointment at how the 2013 season turned out," said Michael.

"The aim now is to get back to winning – that’s what McLaren exists to do – but there’s a certain amount of growth and regrowth that needs to take place before we return to a position where we can challenge for the world championship."

McLaren's MP4-29 will make its track debut at Jerez next week.

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