Posted 07 February 2013 - 14:55
GA on Mclaren:
"I had a long chat with McLaren sporting director Sam Michael over lunch and they are pretty happy with where they are at the moment. The car is responding to changes and they have some new parts coming for the final two days of the final test at the beginning of March. They were pleased with Sergio Perez's first run on Wednesday - he was competitive and consistent, and Sam was admiring the narrow sidepods and more aggressive undercut on the Red Bull. I've been watching the McLaren on the track and it has more understeer than any other car, on a consistent basis. Sam said he wasn't worried - that it was caused by tyre graining on this aggressive track surface - but I think they'll have to have a look at that because there are other cars out there with much less understeer. The other worry for McLaren is the fuel-pump failure that affected Jenson Button on day one. That was a new part aimed at solving the problem that cost Lewis Hamilton victory in Abu Dhabi last year. It's a Mercedes part, but it's odd that it's now failed twice on a McLaren and not on any other Mercedes-engined cars."