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Hard to spot trends in 2018 F1 form – Wolff

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In the round-up: Mercedes executive director Toto Wolff says it’s hard to predict which circuits the team will be strong at this year.

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Melbourne has been pretty decent and Barcelona has been pretty decent – it wasn’t the greatest place for us last year. So I don’t see that you can really recognise a trend.

Which makes the championship exciting because you don’t know what to expect. You come to a weekend, all your preparation has to be spot-on. There is no time to be lost in terms of preparation on the Friday, because it’s going to come and bite you.

Quotes: Dieter Rencken

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I wonder what Mclaren will end up doing. Seeing them trundling round in F1 in no-mans land is pretty grim viewing.

If Mclaren decide to go to Indy Cars maybe they can try to match Mercedes-Benz and complete a triple crown of their own!

1915 – First win at Indy 500
1935 – First win at Monaco GP
1952 – First win at Le Mans 24hr

1984 – First win at Monaco GP
1995 – First win at Le Mans 24hr
???? – Indy 500

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10 comments on “Hard to spot trends in 2018 F1 form – Wolff”

  1. geargrinder
    17th June 2018, 0:47

    A McLaren won Indy in 1972 with Mark Donahue driving a Penske team car. They followed that in 1974 with a McLaren team win with Johnny Rutherford driving. So they have already matched Mercedes!

    1. I was about to say that, they already did it. Not as an official team, but as a constructor.

    2. Calum Menzies
      17th June 2018, 19:23

      That’s really interesting. I didn’t know about that Penske McLaren.

      I’m off to read up about that!

  2. That article about the McLaren ‘revolt’ is interesting. Upon a superficial reading, it does feel like Whitmarsh is trying to drum up support to return him to the team. I don’t know much about the detailed politics of McLaren, but I’m surprised to know that Mansour Ojjeh is a close friend of Whitmarsh, yet was unable to retain him when Ron took over. I presume a lot of the mechanics and people on the factory floor have served with McLaren for years, if not decades, so their frustration is understandable.

    1. Todd (@braketurnaccelerate)
      17th June 2018, 6:09

      @phylyp – Look at Whitmarsh’s time at McLaren and compare it to Boullier & Brown’s tenures. The employees of McLaren loved Whitmarsh. One of the criticisms of Martin was that he was too friendly with the staff. It makes sense why they’d want him back.

      I think McLaren is a pressure cooker that’s deformed and leaking, and it’s about to explode at any moment. Unfortunately it seems like Eric Boullier is lost. During his time at Enstone/Lotus, he did a really poor job of people managing, especially during the end when people weren’t getting paid. He was also very bad at playing the blame game.

      McLaren desperately needs a leader with clear focus, hubris and the people skills to motivate people to want to work.

      1. a leader with clear focus, hubris and the people skills

        @braketurnaccelerate – so, basically the love child of Ron and Whitmarsh 😃.

        Humour apart, the impression I got of Whitmarsh were that he was quite a gentleman (e.g. not preventing Merc from supplying the Brawn team with engines), but don’t have any opinion on him as a TP (although I’ve seen criticisms of him, and that he started McLaren’s decline).

    2. I don’t think Zak Brown would support the return to McLaren of a person who previously did his job simply because they might want to take over his job.

  3. I wish Whitmarsh were back.
    – That height difference, though.

  4. This journalist really digs up the real crap doesn’t she. (Re Whitmarsh article)

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