McLaren lagging behind in testing

McLaren lagging behind in testing

The McLaren MP4-19 did not exactly set the track alight with its performance in testing at Barcelona last week, setting laps that mostly saw it near the bottom of the time sheet. Previously, in private testing at Valencia, the car had set lap ...

The McLaren MP4-19 did not exactly set the track alight with its performance in testing at Barcelona last week, setting laps that mostly saw it near the bottom of the time sheet. Previously, in private testing at Valencia, the car had set lap records but alongside rivals at the Circuit de Catalunya it appeared off the pace.

Kimi Raikkonen.
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Of course, not knowing if McLaren was running a heavy fuel load makes it hard to draw any conclusions, but Kimi Raikkonen admitted there were a few problems.

"In testing at Jerez and Valencia the MP4-19 went really well, but at Barcelona we started having problems," Raikkonen said, according to the Gazetta Dello Sport. "There haven't been many positive days of testing, so that's why I'm still not sure how good our new car really is."

"For the most part our problems have been with set-up. For most of them we already have a solution, we just need to sort it all out in the remaining test sessions. Our troubles are mostly in connection with the integration of the new car with the new engine."

David Coulthard and testers Alex Wurz and Pedro de la Rosa all experienced engine gremlins with the 19. However, Raikkonen is sure things will sort themselves out. "I think that the reliability of the new Mercedes engines won't be a problem at all, especially when the new evolution comes, things will be fine," he said.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Pedro de la Rosa , David Coulthard , Kimi Raikkonen , Alexander Wurz
Teams Mercedes , McLaren