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Even if the car is poor, the McLaren PR has been even worse! The amount of bashing the brand has had from the drivers and team speaking to the media is dreadful, poor management all round
Bit slow but the car looks mint
at what point can we declare a has been a has been. I like Alonso but he has been ...has been the "most complete" and probably has been overrated for quite some time. He's definitely one of the top drivers, without a shadow of doubt. He also has experience on his side. Even accounting for his McLaren turbocharged milk float, fact is he probably peaked a few years ago which is unfortunate.
Looks like Alonso and Button have found their level.
Leadership & direction comes from the top & McLaren's top is clueless. Dennis is relic from a bygone age who utters increasingly pointless, & unhelpful, tripe & when he's not carrying Ron's bags Boullier spends his days contradicting himself. Seems getting rid of Whitmarsh & replacing him with Beavis & Butthead was perhaps not the greatest idea after all.
This is a non story. They knew it would take time and they are slowly getting better. If your not gonna get a drive at Mercedes then this is probably the next best thing.
@119. McLaren would have had to offer Alonso a lot to entice him away from Ferrari. Honda probably wanted a top line driver as well, hence big salary package
@119. Alonso is the most complete driver in F1. Honda also demanded a top line driver
hope honda will be back
Bouillier is openly honest which is good to see as it will take years before McLaren are back to where they were when Hamilton won the title. Honda are learning and should be improved for next season while it will take time for Prodoumou to adapt to McLaren's settings. Tim Goss has been a big loss. The driver line-up is strong for now but it is ageing. Not just one factor for McLaren's poor season
How does McLaren justify giving Alonso 4X the pay of Button when they are basically equally skilled?
At least they are trying to improve their car rather than throw the dummy out of the pram because they don't have a good enough car like Red Bull are.F1 would be better without without prima donna teams like red bull.
@111 So bitter you ignore the truth revealed by James Allison?
This is simple. McLaren do not have a title sponsor this year and therefore relatively little money to exploit the best of the best technologies which push performance in F1!
I know very little about F1, but I can't for the life of me understand why tyre management and refuelling should be allowed to decide races. If people want to revive interest, overtaking should be made easier. And I'm sure the engineers work very hard, but most people want to see the ability of a driver decide a race more than once a season.
@111. As mentioned, FA left of his own accord, fed up of finishing 2nd. Find the James Allinson interview!!!
@111 Where on earth did you get that drivel from? FA was begged to stay at Ferrari but asked to be released from his contract. That is fact, not unsubstantiated drivel about lawn mowers.
@ 95. PGB Oh when I said "basics" I was referring to the fundamental "basics" of the business plan. So the first step is defining "what is F1" in order to focus on how to then to operate the businessThis is a key problem as currently, as u point out, they're trying to do everything at once & F1 is a mess as a result. If they want success, they need to focus on a clearly defined F1 at its core
@64; FA had no choice, b/c Ferrari told him they are going to restructure team, clean up house and he won't be part of the new team and that he had been replaced by someone with twice the number of titles to his name. So, yes, he had no choice but to take McLaren's seat, otherwise he'd be driving lawn-mowers now.
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