McLaren in the News – 30th November 2009

2010 car will be more aggressive: McLaren @ The Times of India, Racing
Monday 30th November
LONDON: Formula One world champion Jenson Button will start next season with a more aggressively designed McLaren than the one Lewis Hamilton

“It’s still too early to be able to say with any confidence how competitive we’ll be,” engineering director Paddy Lowe said in a Q&A provided by the Mercedes-powered team on Monday.

“All we can say with any certainty is that we’ve approached this (20010) car more aggressively than we perhaps have in the past.” (read more…)

Turvey to test for McLaren F1 team @ The Times of India, Racing
Monday 30th November
LONDON: Britain’s Oliver Turvey will have his first taste of a Formula One car with McLaren in southern Spain this week, the team said on Monday.

Turvey, 22, secured the test as a prize for winning the 2006 Autosport BRDC (British Racing Drivers’ Club) young driver award, following in the tracks of David Coulthard and world champion Jenson Button.

The three-day Jerez test is reserved for drivers with limited F1 experience. “I’ve gone over this moment so many times in my mind,” the Cambridge University graduate told the McLaren website. “My aim is to enjoy the experience, but also to learn as much as I can from it.” (read more…)

Herbert: Button must build McLaren ties @
Monday 30th November
Jenson Button can boost his chances of taking the fight to Lewis Hamilton at McLaren in 2010 if he establishes strong ties with the men he will work most closely with as soon as he can.

That is the view of former grand prix driver Johnny Herbert, who thinks his own experience of going up against Michael Schumacher at Benetton in 1995 has taught him the importance of building-up good relationships with team staff.

“The biggest thing I would say to Jenson is to just settle as quick you can – and make the biggest effort now to integrate with all the people, and all the personnel,” Herbert said in an interview with AUTOSPORT. “Now is key to getting those relationships early and positive. (read more…)

Hungry Button will give us bite @ The Sun F1 & Motorsport
Monday 30th November
McLAREN believe Jenson Button’s “hunger” will give the team extra bite next year.

Managing director Jonathan Neale revealed the Woking squad’s engineers are “excited” at the prospect of running the world champion alongside his predecessor Lewis Hamilton.

But he dismissed suggestions of a war between the pair and promised they would get equal treatment. (read more…)

McLaren: teaming Button with Hamilton will work @ The First Post
Monday 30th November
eaming up of current Formula 1 drivers’ champion Jenson Button with his predecessor Lewis Hamilton is a great idea, but McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh is bullish that the team can make the partnership work and has said that managing the pairing is a “very nice problem to have.”.

Whitmarsh, the principal for the Woking-based team, told the BBC: “We’ll be able to manage the demands and expectations of our drivers. They know what it takes to win and I’m sure they’ll both be very motivated to push each other to greater results.” The drivers will be considered as equals in the team hierarchy, and will receive exactly the same numbers of staff and resources.

It won’t be the first time that McLaren has fielded an all-star team: in the late 1980s Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna won back-to-back world championships for the team, despite having a fiery relationship, and two years ago Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton raced together during the Briton’s first season in F1. That experiment ended acrimoniously as the Spaniard was convinced that Hamilton was getting preferential treatment. (read more…)


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