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McLaren has least reliable car for 2011

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By GMM

McLaren was the least reliable team of the 2011 pre-season.

Jenson Button, McLaren Mercedes uses a test front wing
Jenson Button, McLaren Mercedes uses a test front wing

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An analysis by Germany's Auto Motor und Sport shows that, excluding HRT who did not run a new car at all during the winter tests, Ferrari's 150 Italia did the most mileage.

And at the bottom of the ranking, behind Force India, Lotus and Virgin, is McLaren, having done almost half of Ferrari's nearly 7000 kilometres.

"I'm not going to lie. It's not the best way to go into the season," admitted Jenson Button.

The MP4-26 was launched late after skipping the opening Valencia test, but it has since been plagued with exhaust, hydraulic and aerodynamic problems.

800 kilometres behind Ferrari on the mileage list is Red Bull, whose Christian Horner said the team has "never been so well prepared" for a new season.

Button insisted: "We are a long way down on it (mileage) but there is no point getting negative about it and down at this point of the season."

Third best was Sauber, ahead of Mercedes, Toro Rosso, Renault and Williams.

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