2017-01-29 05:32:35 UTC
This article is about his time at McLaren and his first McLaren race car.
And this passage really surprised me.
"When I came to McLaren I thought they would have masses of discipline and that they'd analyse everything. At Brabham I'd get everybody together after races to track problems and solve them. We had a detailed life assessment for all parts and we tracked materials carefully. I imagined that at McLaren it would be 10 times better. But there was absolutely nothing like this. I'd ask to see the reliability records from last year -- the log of everything that broke and what was done about it -- but they didn't keep such records. They didn't have meetings after every race because they didn't have a meeting room! When I started at McLaren, Ron said, 'you have carte blanche -- anything you don't like, change. Anything you want, you can have. I want to win championships.' He absolutely stuck to that, and it was key in the MP4/4's success. I built meeting rooms, began to keep testing records, got hold of all the broken bits to analyse the problems. In '87 there were 74 chassis failures, where something had cracked or whatever. In 1988 we got this down to 17."