20 RACES

McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh has said that F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone should ensure that the 2014 season has at least 20 races to look forward. There has been a lot of speculation about the 2014 calendar, which could be the biggest of all time.

There are suggestions that this season could have 22 races in total, which would be a record. Whitmarsh, meanwhile, has praised Ecclestone for managing to keep the sport going on despite numerous troubles on several fronts. Over the years, F1 has faced a lot of financial difficulties especially to the bottom teams. (more…)

MCLAREN HAVE PROBLEMS

As Mclaren try to deal with the crisis that seems to have engulfed them in the last three races, their two drivers have very different views on their problems. In a reversal of what you might expect it is their higher placed driver, Lewis Hamilton, who is more critical of the team.

The young British driver insists that he is not at all at fault and that onus is on his team to provide a more competitive car, at attitude which is somewhat backed up by Lewis’ consistent but uninspiring results. On the other hand, Button, who started the season in fantastic form and has since tailed off is upbeat and confident in his team’s ability to sort out their issues.

“There is no sense of panic,” said Button, after retiring 78 laps into the Monacon Grand Prix. “We have seen such inconsistency, that is why we should not panic and panicking wouldn’t make a difference,” he said, referring to the 6 different winners of the first 6 races this year. “The first three races were good and then suddenly in the last three – I don’t know where it is. It is nothing we can’t sort out. We will solve the issues. It’s just a question of whether we do it in time. We need to get back on track and start fighting those guys out in front.”

In contrast, Hamilton, while remaining supportive of his team, has made it clear where he thinks the blame lies. “I feel like I’m in the best place I’ve ever been,” he revealed. “I’m driving as well as I’ve ever driven. I’m not making mistakes at all and it feels great. I can feel comfortable now leaving the track and knowing that I couldn’t have done any more. It’s just unfortunate the car wasn’t quick enough. We’ve got to try and find some time, these guys are quicker than us in the race, we’ve got to find some time so we can start challenging them.”

Whatever their differences of opinion, both McLaren drivers remain defiant and if the team make improvements before Canada we could yet see a very different outcome for the British team in Montreal than their poor Monaco performance. And its easy to overlook the fact that in spite of all the recent drama, McLaren comfortably hold second place in the Constructors’ Championship.