Post by Edmund Post by larkim Post by Edmund Post by CS
The Honda chickens are coming home to roost. So if it ain't the
engine, it must be the car design!
Most likely it is both.
No doubt Honda has doubled the billion budget in order to avoid another
year being ridiculed by the world.
In addition to that, like I said before Toro Rosso has probably a
better chassis then McLaren.
Look at the difference between Red Bull and McLaren, no wonder Boulier
was sweating like hell.
Early days, but McLaren are still 3rd in the constructors. While a
sample of two races is not likely to be representative, there are points
in the bag at this point that weren't there last year.
Two races, 100% points finishing so far. I know they are not showing
the levels of pace or performance of teams with the same engine as them,
but Sunday performances have not been too bad so far.
It would be a surprise if the McLaren chassis was noticeable worse than
the STR one (though of course not impossible), but still a long way to
go for everyone and McLaren *ought* to be strong at in year development.
Early days indeed and 3rd in the constructors is most definitely not
representing the strength of McLaren.
So far McLaren is very disappointing in both lap times and even more
so in top speed. Quite some time ago Marco already warned McLaren going
the wrong way with (too) much downforce with the somewhat underpowered
Boulier is not showing much optimism either, so lots and lots of work
or the McLaren guys.
Personally I expected McLAren to be significant slower then Red Bull but
not as much as they are now.
Absolute top speed isn't the be-all and end-all, if you can gain 0.5s in the
corners and lose 0.5s on the straight your lap time will still be OK.
Though you may struggle to pass, of course, and be vulnerable to being
But I agree, I was expecting the McLaren performance to be closer to the
RBR given the same engine package is available to both, and broadly
speaking they both have high end aero and chassis skills available (and
I clearly don't expect them to finish 3rd in the constructors by the end of
the year (despite my ludicrous predictions in the newsgroup competition!),
but they still should be targeting 4th or 5th at worst.
If STR, Haas and Renault get things together and finish above McLaren
without McLaren suffering disproportionate levels of reliability issues or
"bad luck" on track (e.g. on the receiving end of crashes, poor luck with
safety cars, etc etc) then I'd reckon this season would rank above the last
two or three in terms of disappointment for them.
As I said, they've got points on the board, had reliable race cars, and I'd
say their points scoring is probably towards the top end of what they
might have expected at this early stage in the season. But success breeds
success and if they're not heading to China with a negative outlook they're
definitely in a better place than last year, irrespective of what STR are
doing with the Honda package.