Friday, May 10, 2013

McLaren in Ferrari 2012 situation

McLaren this year decided to go with the same solution that Ferrari opted for in 2012 with regards to their suspension geometry. The complicated pull rod suspension caused many headaches and heartaches back at Maranello last year, but Ferrari managed to tide over these problems. 

McLaren have also been feeling the pain of getting a new system working on their car, but the similarity doesn't end there. Ferrari were facing problems with correlation of data from their wind tunnel with data on track. McLaren managing director Jonathan Neale, has told reporters the main issue with the bucking bronco, that is the MP4-28, has been the correlation of information between the wind tunnel and the track.

“I’m sure,” said Neale, “if we sat down and had a quiet conversation with our colleagues in Italy and said ‘how did the first quarter of last season feel for you?’, they would understand with some clarity what we’re going through at the moment.”

Like all teams, the Woking squad is unveiling a big package of upgrades this weekend in Barcelona, but Neale is keen to play down expectations.

“Setting ourselves up for a blow on the chin from you (reporters) isn’t very funny,” he said.

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