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McLaren Principal Whitmarsh says team must concentrate and focus to not make mistakes

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team Principal Martin Whitmarsh says that the team currently looking concentrate and focus to mistakes less race weekend and the same time he insist It is not magic. It is doing our job and doing it correctly.

McLaren make some errors in last two grand prix that mistakes cost their valuable points and also probably a top podium finish. In Bahrain GP Hamilton most horrible damage to his victory, the reason that his own McLaren team done with two bungled pit stops.

In last weekend at Spanish GP, Hamilton clocked the fastest time in qualifying Saturday to grabs pole position, only to be relegated to the back of the field because he did not come back to the pits with his McLaren car after setting his fastest lap.

Hamilton obeys the orders send out by the team and stopped out on the track. He required assistance to come back to the pits where a one liter fuel sample was to be taken.

The consequences comes-out late on Saturday Spanish GP paddock that a McLaren saw the FIA send Hamilton from first to last on the Spanish grand prix grid.

“The stewards received a report from the Race Director which stated that during post-qualifying scrutineering a sample of fuel was required from car 4, however, the car failed to return to the pits under its own power as required under Article 6.6.2 of the FIA Formula One Technical Regulations,” said the stewards in a statement.

McLaren Principal Whitmarsh explained about the mistakes and the next team plans – “One mistake can do it, and we have made some,”

“It is painful, frustrating and difficult in the team, and we get a fair amount of external scrutiny and criticisms. But believe me, we are much harder on ourselves and it is reasonable to be criticised if you are not getting it right.”

When asked what the team could do to limit the mistakes – especially with such a premium now on delivering error-free weekends – Whitmarsh said: “It is the obvious thing.

“We have complex processes, and lots of challenges, but we must concentrate and focus to not make mistakes. It is not magic. It is doing our job and doing it correctly.”

“There is no magic in F1,” he said. “You have to work hard, look at the data, understand and study it, and then try and effect control once you have got the data.

“Once you have got the understanding, then delivering what you want to ensure you get the best out of those tyres is the next part of that challenge – and we have got some views and ideas. But with every race that goes by, perhaps we are left with a few more questions than we thought we had at the beginning of the weekend.

“We are learning something, but I don’t think there is anyone here who convinces me that they understand these tyres and knows comfortably and confidently how to exploit them on a regular basis.

“It has become an incredible feature of this championship and, inadvertently or otherwise, it is creating the extraordinary season that we are seeing.”

“I would like to see it settle down in our favour, but I don’t think we can rely on it,” he added. I think this is going to run and run – and this is going to be a great season. There will be moments of extreme agony and frustration for us, but it is great for everyone out there and that is how it should be.”


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