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Posted on Tuesday, May 14, 2013

McLaren: Perez radio call 'not a team order'

McLaren has denied a radio call to Sergio Perez during Sunday's Spanish grand prix was a 'team order'. After Mexican Perez and teammate Jenson Button's wheel-banging recently in Bahrain, boss Martin Whitmarsh said the incident proved that McLaren lets its drivers race. But in the closing stages in Barcelona on Sunday, Perez again closed on his experienced teammate Button's sister car but was told to look after his tyres. The 22-year-old, who had apologised in the wake of the Bahrain incident, duly followed Button to […]

Posted on Monday, May 13, 2013

McLaren could return to orange F1 livery

McLaren's cars could go orange in the near future, team boss Martin Whitmarsh has admitted. Although the Woking based team's cars have been silver since 1997, orange is actually McLaren's traditional race colour, dating back to the Can-Am days of the 60s. After 2014, however, it looks likely McLaren's long relationship with 'Silver Arrows' carmaker Mercedes will end. Whitmarsh said in Barcelona on Sunday that he could not comment on reports McLaren will definitely be Honda-powered in 2015, saying the matter was "confidential" between the […]

Posted on Saturday, May 11, 2013

Whitmarsh not considering resigning amid McLaren woes

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh says he will not quit following a disappointing start to the season. McLaren has scored just 23 points in 2013, with Whitmarsh's two cars lining up only eighth and fourteenth on the grid for tomorrow's Spanish Grand Prix. Whitmarsh joined McLaren in 1989 was promoted to his current position in 2009, but the team has not won a championship since he replaced Ron Dennis. "No, I don't believe it is being considered at board level at the moment as far […]

Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013

McLaren not yet thinking about 2014 says Whitmarsh

McLaren is refusing to write off the 2013 season, despite lagging a huge 86 points behind the lead of the constructors' championship after just four races. Having gambled on a radical new car for the new campaign, McLaren is now trailing its top-four rivals and even Force India, while leading driver Jenson Button is a mere tenth in the drivers' points. But even though the sweeping rules changes for 2014 are looming large, including the switch from V8 to V6 power, boss Martin Whitmarsh said […]

Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013

McLaren 'supremo' Dennis demoted

According to a specialist publication, Ron Dennis has been demoted at McLaren. Although still referred to as the famous British team's 'supremo', the 65-year-old - succeeded by Martin Whitmarsh - stepped down as McLaren team principal some years ago. He also sold half of his 30 per cent stake in the Woking based company to the Bahrain investment vehicle Mumtalakat Holding, and most recently has been focused on McLaren's road car production subsidiary. And according to Auto Motor und Sport, it is the road car […]

Posted on Sunday, April 21, 2013

Button believes Perez 'too aggressive' in Bahrain scrap

Jenson Button says team-mate Sergio Perez was too aggressive during their battle in the Bahrain Grand Prix. Button and Perez swapped positions several times during the race, but their closest encounter came at Turn 4, where Perez nudged Button. "I was very vocal on the radio, emotions were running high, but I would say exactly the same again." After the contact, Button urged McLaren to 'calm him down'. "The racing was great out there. The only person that wasn't was Checo [Sergio Perez]. He was […]

Posted on Tuesday, April 16, 2013

McLaren to 'step up and support' struggling Perez

McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh has admitted new team driver Sergio Perez has struggled since replacing Lewis Hamilton. After a poor weekend for the young Mexican in China, including a rebuke from Kimi Raikkonen following an on-track run-in, British commentator Martin Brundle said he would have signed Nico Hulkenberg for 2013 "ten times before (signing) Perez." Immediately after Shanghai, Whitmarsh backed Perez's defensive driving in China, having told the 23-year-old to put his "elbows" out and "be robust without being dirty". But he does admit that […]

Posted on Monday, April 15, 2013

McLaren should have signed Hulkenberg, not Perez says Brundle

Even amid McLaren's competitive slump, the spotlight is shining ever more brightly on Sergio Perez. The young Mexican was signed by the British team to replace Lewis Hamilton this year and beyond, but some linked the deal with his commercial ties to billionaire Carlos Slim. He struggled notably in China, admitting it "wasn't my best weekend in terms of pace". Perez also got caught up in on-track incidents, most notably with Kimi Raikkonen, who screamed 'What the hell he's doing?' after being run wide and […]

Posted on Monday, April 15, 2013

F1 tyre situation 'painful' admits Whitmarsh

Some members of F1's travelling circus admitted their frustration at the end of the Chinese grand prix. "It's quite excruciating," McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh is quoted by the Telegraph, "trying to save tyres non-stop from start to finish. "It feels painful, and however bad it is for me, it must be a lot worse if you have to drive like that." He is referring to the new situation caused by Pirelli's rapidly-wearing 2013 tyres. Some hail the new era that stands in stark contrast […]

Posted on Sunday, April 14, 2013

Button pleased with fifth

Jenson Button says that fifth place was the maximum result McLaren could have achieved from the Chinese Grand Prix. Button ran a two stop strategy to rise from eighth on the grid to finish in fifth place. "I’m very happy to have finished fifth today – and the team should be too," he said. "The race was always going to be tricky: we weren’t quick enough to adopt the same strategy as the others, so we had to run longer than the rest and make […]

Posted on Friday, April 5, 2013

Underperforming McLaren ready to reboot season

McLaren's Jenson Button says that he will be heading to next weekend's Chinese Grand Prix looking to 'reboot' his season. Button finished in ninth place in Australia but retired from the Malaysian Grand Prix, leaving him 38 points behind championship leader Sebastian Vettel. "The Chinese Grand Prix almost feels like something of a reboot of the start of my season. Taking home two points from the first two races obviously wasn’t what we had in mind at the beginning of the year, but I think […]

Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013

Rumour mill considers Webber's successor

As the 'Multi-21' affair races on, the F1 rumour mill is already beginning to churn out potential candidates for Mark Webber's seat. The Australian's entourage and Red Bull have already denied rumours Webber will step down before his current contract finishes, but his future beyond 2013 is much more clouded. There have even been some calling for Sebastian Vettel to be suspended for a race. "It is a very serious affair if you tell a driver to do something and he doesn't do it," McLaren […]