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McLaren boss not concerned about 2013 poor start

Martin Whitmarsh has said that he is not worried about the McLaren’s poor start of the new season. The opening race of the season at Australia McLaren’s new machine MP4-28 showed uncompetitive pace with rough Albert Park circuit.

Last weekend at Malaysia they are improved better than Melbourne, but pit-stop mistake cost their Jenson Button’s point finish, following new recruit Sergio Perez set just point.

“I am relaxed about that. I have been around in the sport long enough. I have been involved in over 100 grand prix victories, so I know what it’s like to win and that’s fun, but I also know what it is like not to do a good enough job for the team. McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh told ESPNF1.

“I know that if you are going to be the team principal, I have to stand there and accept responsibility for it. I’m passionate about what I do and I don’t like it when it doesn’t go right but we’ve all got a job to do and I don’t ever shy away from facing up to stuff,”

“It’s always very easy; people were trying to get me to name names of who might be responsible and people who might not even be here to defend themselves, but that’s not my style. That’s not how I operate and I hope and believe ultimately in our drivers, engineers; we’ve got a lot of bright, motivated people here. If you try and make decisions or impose them on pips and stripes saying ‘I’m in charge, this is how it’s going to be’, you’ll fail, I believe.

“I hope and believe that I’ve got a reasonable amount of persuasive influence on most of the people in the organisation because they respect – I hope they do, not always I’m sure – generally respect that I play it straight, I tell them what I think.

“Behind closed doors I’ll be pretty brutally frank, but publicly – it doesn’t matter if it’s a guy in a pit stop, an engineer, director of the company or a race driver – if someone says to you ‘Do you want to be the fourth team principal in the history of McLaren?’ and you say ‘Yeah I’ll have that’, your ego to the fore, then you take what comes with it.”

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