McLaren won't give in to bad patch

McLaren principal Ron Dennis knows that his team is having a rough patch but believes that although the problems won't be solved over night, they will get through them. McLaren have not had a great start to the season, managing only nine points in...

McLaren principal Ron Dennis knows that his team is having a rough patch but believes that although the problems won't be solved over night, they will get through them. McLaren have not had a great start to the season, managing only nine points in the first four races from David Coulthard and Kimi Raikkonen. At the San Marino Grand Prix they were well off the pace of Ferrari and Williams and struggling with the challenge of Renault.

"The reality is, we have known since Malaysia we've got a lot of work to do," said Dennis in the British press today. "You don't solve the problems we have overnight. Obviously, we'll try to improve race by race, and meanwhile we have to live with the pain. All credit to Ferrari, but don't forget they went 21 years without a world championship. I have no intention of doing the same, but it shows how long a bad patch can last if you give in to it."

McLaren last won the championship with Mika Hakkinen in 1999 and have had many previous successes; Dennis is sure it's only a matter of time before their fortunes change. "With a downswing, you've got to power yourself through and out the other side," he remarked.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers David Coulthard , Mika Hakkinen
Teams Ferrari , McLaren , Williams