Tag Archive: MP4-26

Oct 11

Whitmarsh admits mirror problem for Hamilton

“There is no answer to it so I’d appreciate it if you didn’t just jump to conclusions” – Hamilton.

2011-07-09 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Britain - Lewis Hamilton - Martin Whitmarsh 012011-09-09 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Italy - Lewis Hamilton 01McLaren may have to alter the design of its car’s mirrors in order to help Lewis Hamilton, team boss Martin Whitmarsh has admitted. The 2008 world champion has had multiple on-track incidents in 2011, and after the latest – yet another collision with Felipe Massa – he acknowledged that one problem could be the MP4-26’s rear view side mirrors.

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Sep 24

Hamilton insists not content ‘like Barrichello’

Rubens Barrichello is an example of a driver “content” to make up the numbers in formula one.

2011-09-09 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Italy - Lewis Hamilton 062011-09-09 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Italy - Lewis Hamilton 01That is the claim of Lewis Hamilton, who warned McLaren that he might leave the British team if he has to endure another car not worthy of fighting for the championship. He contrasted his feisty attitude with that of Barrichello, who is pushing to extend his long F1 career into a twentieth season by re-signing with mid-grid team Williams in 2012.

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Sep 09

McLaren to take on Red Bulls at Monza

 Monza looks set to be a battle between Red Bull and McLaren.

02 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes01 - Red Bull RacingThe McLarens, led by Lewis Hamilton, were quickest in the first dry and sunny practice session ahead of the Italian grand prix, before championship leader Sebastian Vettel edged ahead in the afternoon on Friday.

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Jun 16

McLaren hoping to benefit from blown exhaust ban

McLaren is hoping the blown exhaust crackdown gives the MP4-26 a big performance boost in qualifying.

2011-06-10_11292011-06-12_1443With their race pace now close, McLaren believes a big reason for its qualifying deficit is due to Red Bull’s perfection of the blown exhaust strategy on Saturday. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 12

Hamilton discusses Button crash during rain red-flag

While the sodden spectators waited for the Montreal rain to ease, the latest F1 controversy began to swirl.

2011-06-12_08372011-06-12_0900The Canadian grand prix was red-flagged for a long period whilst weather men grinned at their accurate predictions of heavy afternoon rain. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 11

McLaren banking on wet race for Canada GP

The Montreal skies could be on McLaren’s side for the Canadian grand prix.

2011-06-11_03652011-06-11_0435Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button were wearing long faces late on Saturday afternoon after being outqualified by the Red Bulls, Ferraris and even Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg in Montreal. Read the rest of this entry »

May 22

Vettel extends title lead despite pressure in Spain

“McLaren were very strong, Lewis in particular”

2011-05-22 - Red Bull Racing - Spain - Sebastian Vettel2011-05-22 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Spain - Jenson Button - Lewis Hamilton 01Sebastian Vettel extended his runaway championship lead on Sunday despite intense pressure from Lewis Hamilton. The German, who finished less than a second ahead of McLaren’s Hamilton at the flag in Barcelona, ended the race 41 points ahead after just 5 races. Read the rest of this entry »

May 22

Hamilton title unlikely as Red Bull wing it in Spain

In Spain, Red Bull was the only team able to use ‘DRS’ in corners during practice and qualifying.

2011-05-20 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Spain - Lewis Hamilton 112011-05-20 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Spain - Lewis Hamilton 06Such is Red Bull’s dominance at present that the RB7 can grip the fast final corner in Barcelona with its ‘DRS’ rear wing wide open. “Yep,” confirmed pole sitter Mark Webber, whose qualifying lap was a full second quicker than Lewis Hamilton, the nearest non-Red Bull runner. Read the rest of this entry »

May 08

Mercedes using flexible wing in Turkey – report

Fernando Alonso said he is happy Ferrari took a step forward at Istanbul.

2011-05-07 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - Turkey - Michael Schumacher 042011-05-07 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Turkey - Fernando Alonso 5The secret of Mercedes’ speed in Turkey is a Red Bull-style flexible front wing, according to one authoritative publication. Team boss Ross Brawn said he was surprised with Nico Rosberg’s top-three qualifying speed on Saturday “Because we haven’t made any dramatic changes to the car” since China. Read the rest of this entry »

May 07

Mobil 1 Car Swap at Watkins Glen International

Lewis Hamilton and NASCAR star Tony Stewart to drive each other’s cars

ThumbnailLewis Hamilton - Tony StewartRacing champions from either side of the Atlantic will get a taste of each other’s world when 2008 Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton and double NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Tony Stewart take part in the Mobil 1 Car Swap at Watkins Glen International circuit on June 14. Read the rest of this entry »

May 04

2011 no cakewalk for Red Bull – Heidfeld

Nick Heidfeld is sure Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel will not walk away with the 2011 world championship.

2011-04-16 - Red Bull Racing - China - Sebastian Vettel 12011-03-26 - Lotus Renault GP - Australia - Nick Heidfeld 06The reigning champions enjoyed a dominant start to the season but German Heidfeld, who drives for Renault, has been particularly impressed with the improvements of the McLaren team. “After the first races some people said it was going to be a walkover for Sebastian and Red Bull,” he said in an interview with German broadcaster RTL. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 28

Mobil 1 launches free online game featuring Lewis Hamilton and Tony Stewart

Mobil 1 Track Challenge tests your skills against motorsport’s finest

ThumbnailMobil 1 The GridPlayers challenged to test their driving skills by racing Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Grand Prix driver Lewis Hamilton and Stewart-Haas Racing NASCAR driver Tony Stewart in virtual representations of their cars Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 21

‘Worst’ McLaren winter in 20 years – Lowe

Two races on, Hamilton sensationally beat the dominant Sebastian Vettel’s Red Bull in Shanghai.

2011-04-17 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - China - Lewis Hamilton - Jenson Button 012011-04-17 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - China - Lewis Hamilton 07The period between February and March was the “worst I’ve experienced in 20 years at McLaren”, the British team’s technical director has admitted. Briton Paddy Lowe was referring to McLaren’s recent winter campaign, when the new MP4-26 was proving not only slow but also terminally unreliable as the team persevered with an exhaust concept so complex it was dubbed ‘the octopus’. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 17

Hamilton reduces Vettel’s title lead with China win

“It was not the greatest way to start out the afternoon but once it did start it went well” – Martin Whitmarsh.

2011-04-17 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - China - Lewis Hamilton 092011-04-17 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - China - Lewis Hamilton 01Lewis Hamilton pulled back Sebastian Vettel’s runaway lead in the world championship to 21 points by winning the thrilling Chinese grand prix. McLaren’s Hamilton passed the previously-dominant RB7 in the closing stages in Shanghai, with Red Bull boss Christian Horner revealing Vettel had KERS problems. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 11

Hamilton excused after Sepang strategy outburst

Team boss Martin Whitmarsh said he understood the 26-year-old’s initial frustration.

2011-04-09 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Malaysia - Lewis Hamilton 122011-04-09 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Malaysia - Lewis Hamilton 14McLaren excused Lewis Hamilton after denouncing his “very poor” race strategy in Sunday’s Malaysian grand prix. The Briton started second but finished just seventh at Sepang, and was further demoted to eighth place following a penalty for weaving in front of Fernando Alonso. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 29

Rivals will struggle to catch Red Bull – Briatore

Flavio Briatore has issued a sober warning to Red Bull’s rivals after the 2011 season opener.

2011-03-27 - Red Bull Racing - Australia - Sebastian Vettel 7Flavio Briatore - Bernie Ecclestone“You don’t recover all those tenths in two months,” the former Renault team boss told La Politica.  “Half a second in formula one is huge. “Red Bull are very well financed so I see it hard for them (the others) to play catch-up,” said Briatore. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 28

Boss criticises FIA after Button penalty

“It’s frustrating and its annoying”

2011-03-26 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Australia - Jenson Button 102010-11-06 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Martin WhitmarshMartin Whitmarsh criticised FIA officials after Jenson Button served a drive-through penalty in the Australian grand prix.The British driver took a short-cut on the inside of Albert Park’s high-speed chicane on Sunday as he passed Ferrari’s Felipe Massa. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 25

McLaren surprise with quickest Melbourne pace

McLaren clouded the predicted pecking-order in Melbourne on Friday by topping the times.

2011-02-04 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - MP4-262011-03-09 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Barcelona - Lewis Hamilton 01It had been the Red Bulls suitably ahead of the field in inital practice for the Australian grand prix, before Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton went quicker in the late session. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 21

Whitmarsh hopes risky last-minute upgrade pays off

Whitmarsh said the MP4-26 will also have a new floor in Melbourne.

2011-02-04 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - MP4-26 angle2011-02-04 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - MP4-26 top frontMartin Whitmarsh is hoping a last-minute upgrade for McLaren’s struggling MP4-26 will bring the 2011 car onto the pace this weekend in Australia. Lewis Hamilton recently admitted the car is at least a second too slow, but on Monday team boss Whitmarsh said some radical changes have been implemented based on the disappointing results from winter testing. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 20

Hamilton must consider McLaren move – press

“I want to be one of the most successful formula one drivers of this generation”

2011-03-09 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Barcelona - Lewis Hamilton 012011-02-11 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Jerez - Lewis Hamilton 3Lewis Hamilton might have to leave McLaren if he is to achieve his ambitions in formula one, according to British press reports on Sunday. A report in the Sunday Observer newspaper said the 2008 world champion “won’t achieve” his target of becoming a multiple world champion with the Woking based team. Read the rest of this entry »

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