The maladies at F1 powerhouse McLaren-Mercedes can be encapsulated by a famous quote from ... Despite team boss Ron Dennis’ posturing, driver David Coulthard admits that McLaren simply "needs to do more" to be competitive again.Hamlet... Despite team boss Ron Dennis’ posturing, driver David Coulthard admits that McLaren simply "needs to do more" to be competitive again.content here
The maladies at F1 powerhouse McLaren-Mercedes can be encapsulated by a famous quote from ... Despite team boss Ron Dennis’ posturing, driver David Coulthard admits that McLaren simply "needs to do more" to competitive again.
The words “something’s rotten in the state of Denmark”, taken from William Shakespeare’s famous play, have become entrenched in popular culture. With a meagre return of four points from three grands prix in 2004, the quote rings horribly true for embattled McLaren – a team that was in the running for the world championship title until the final race of last season.
Kimi Raikkonen has borne the brunt of McLaren’s lack of reliability and his car suffered a third blown engine in two weeks when the Mercedes V10 expired after seven laps of the Bahrain Grand Prix. The Finn was forced to start from the back of the grid because of an engine failure on the first day of practice.
Coulthard was in a points-scoring position but failed to finish the race when he lost air pressure in the engine's pneumatic system while poised for a (albeit low) points finish.
In the aftermath of team’s double retirement Dennis quipped: "Blimey, it seems that there's one way to guarantee media coverage – and that's to fail!"
"Obviously our current situation is giving us pain but I find it a little bit hard to take when you consider that we were right in the championship fight until the last race of last year, and then three races later we are being written off. But we are a strong team and we will work through our problems.
"If you look at the last 20 years we are very much at the top. Nobody can win all the time but we are certainly not here to lose. We will be back," Dennis added.
But the world of Formula One, indeed its fans, care little about a has-been team. Speaking to BBC's , Coulthard said that although the balance of the MP4-19 was good, its basic speed was inadequate.
"It (the problem) is a combination of design issues and that leads to drivers having a lack of confidence," Coulthard said. "I've had winning cars more difficult to drive than this one, but it just doesn't have the necessary speed in the corners and on the straights. Your performance is measured every second weekend and it's there for everyone to see. We need to do more.
"One of the greatest strengths of the car is its ability to brake into the corners. Control systems are working very well. And it performs very strongly in that area relative to the competition. But leaving the corners, in the middle of the corners, positional ability is quite difficult, so that's where you lose the time," he added.
Coulthard also suggested that McLaren's move to a new, state-of-the-art factory had been a distraction for the team.
"People can get lost within a vast organisation like McLaren-Mercedes," the Scot added. "When analysing where performance has dropped off, I'm sure some people drop out of the system."
Original article from Car