Monday, 9 March 2009

Are McLaren in trouble?

In today's first day of the Barcelona test McLaren Mercedes languished in last place some two seconds and a half off the pace.

They are reportedly having issues with the rear end of the car, hence the reason they have been running with their 2008 rear wing on many occasions.

It seems that McLaren have had a habit of having a great season followed by a poor one in recent years. In 2003 Kimi Raikkonen ran Michael Schumacher close the title and in 2004 the team started off very poorly and finished fifth in the constructors championship. In 2005 the McLaren was clearly the fastest car for most the season with Raikkonen again runner up in the title race, this time to Fernando Alonso. The following season McLaren failed to win a race for the first time since 1996.

2008 was clearly a great year for the team taking the drivers title with Lewis Hamilton and now they are having massive problems in pre-season testing, with Lewis pushing so hard in Jerez he actually crashed backwards into the barriers.

McLaren face an uphill struggle if they are genuinely struggling but only an idiot would bet against them turning up competitive and challenging for the win in Australia. After all, history cannot repeat itself again, surely?

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