Originally posted by rodlamas
3 days ago lots of people were saying Melbourne would have favoured Ferrari... How come that it has changed?
Hamilton said Mclaren is now better (compared with ferrari) than one year ago.
I'm just delighted with the result, not only because I'm a Mclaren fan, but because all the hype around Kimi and the F2008 being the perfect-unbeatable combo has come to null after those first two days. On Friday, Hamilton and Massa were clearly faster than Kimi on the long runs (actually Kova was also a tad faster, but less than LH and FM).
Ok, LH and HK can have a bad race, reliability problems etc.
But all the quotes from the italian press have turned to be at least "untruths".
- Where are the solutions for teh reliability problems the F2007 suffered from?
- Where are the solutions that would lead to a much better qualifying pace?
I guess the predictions were based on Melbourne last year, which ignored the fact that it was McLarens first race on Bridgestones, and that they were much stronger at all the other similar tracks last year.
Reliability is a funny thing, assuming Kimi didn't run out of fuel, then he appears to have been affected by the same thing as he had in free practice. It may be something that hasn't been diagnosed properly (hence changing the entire fuel system) that reoccurred, or something that they haven't got a proper fix for in Australia. It is also possible that it is a new problem that they haven't seen in testing.
As to the comments to the press, they know that reliability and qualifying pace and mechanical grip were the weaknesses last year, so they are hardly going to say 'Nah we've not bothered working on any of that as it didn't ultimately matter last year.
What they will say is we have worked on solutions for reliability & qualifying pace. If the press choose to write that those problems are fixed and the solutions are good enough before they see the cars run at the first race, then that's up to them.
This is the some press core that wrote off Honda, had BMW struggling, and in most polls I've seen, had Toyota pegged as a 7th fastest team behind Ferrari McLaren (BMW Williams Red Bull Renault) & Toro Rosso.