Mclaren have revealed that Alonso signed a three year contact worth around 25 million a year. And it has no opt out clauses in it. There had been speculation that Alonso had insisted on opt out clauses , should a more favourable seat become available. Which means if Lewis for any reason didn't resign with MERC. But Ron denies that and says he is committed to returning to the front and dominating the sport again with Alonso at the helm. Lots of talking up of Alonso. Lots of fighting talk from Ron. He says he has the best driver pairing...
"To put it simply: in Fernando and Jenson we have the best driver line-up in Formula One,” declared Dennis."
Whitmarsh was dirtier than we ever thought, didn't think that possible! Not just idolising Jenson and shitting on Lewis , but actively trying to replace Lewis . GIT FACE!!!
He was a sneaky cheat who tried to steal Rons company off him without paying for it. Ron had to leave and so he handed over to weakfarce the employee, who then went to the shareholders and told them he would replace Ron and do a better job if placed in control. And set out to dismantle the company. Makes sense that Lewis had to fail for this to happen
It was almost worth it to see how Ron dealt with it, like a lamearse twat who giggles and cries and promises in front of the media to kiss his disturbingly goodlooking driver 'not just on both cheeks but inbetween' if he won a race could ever win against a guy who makes statements like this whist his team is bottom of the table (apart from the 2 best drivers bit - thats clearly getting carried away lol)
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: we have a mountain to climb, but climbing it we are and scale its summit we will. That I guarantee. McLaren and Honda share a passion to win in Formula One - we’ve done it before and we’ll do it again. And, for a team to win in Formula One, you need to have a multinational motor manufacturer as your power unit partner, and in Honda that’s exactly what McLaren has got. Look, we enjoyed huge success when Mercedes-Benz was our power unit partner for many years, winning world championships with both Mika (Hakkinen) and Lewis (Hamilton), but the fact is that a team doesn’t tend to enjoy the same level of success when its status is downgraded from power unit partner to power unit customer. Well, with Honda, we don’t have that problem, because Honda is our power unit partner, and a massively committed one to boot.
We knew this season would be tough, but we’re making progress with every Grand Prix. In Australia we were a long way off the pace, but we managed to get one car to the finish. In Malaysia we made a significant step in terms of lap-time deficit to our principal rivals, but our reliability wasn’t there yet. In China we continued to make improvements in terms of pace, and for the first time we managed to get both our cars to the finish. In Bahrain we had reliability problems with Jenson’s [Button] car, but Fernando’s [Alonso] car ran like clockwork all weekend, made it through to Q2 in qualifying, and nearly scored a point in the race. Clearly, results like those aren’t what we’re looking for, but, equally clearly, it’s plain to see that development is going in the right direction. I’m not saying that development will always be linear - on the contrary we’ll sometimes see positive performance spikes and we’ll sometimes see less positive performance dips as our season ebbs and flows - but the overall shape of our performance curve will be upward. And that’s no accident. It’s the result of a huge amount of diligent work by a large number of experienced and expert operatives in both the UK and Japan, and a great deal of careful planning by myself, by Jonathan (Neale) by Eric (Boullier) and of course by Honda’s Yasuhisa Arai-san and his team. We’ve hired some great new engineering talents too, who are blending very well with our longer-established engineers here in Woking and the results are clear to see. I’m excited and optimistic.
McLaren-Honda will see the fruits of all that effort. Mark my words! We’ll win together and, when we do so we’ll do so dominantly. I don’t want to put a timeframe on that prediction, because that would be foolhardy. But whenever I walk around the McLaren Technology Centre, speaking as I do to our people at the sharp end what I encounter is fierce determination, burning ambition, unshakable confidence and unbreakable esprit. That makes me very proud. We’re pulling together, all of us, and we know we’ll get there. Last but far from least, I want to say something about our drivers. To put it simply: in Fernando and Jenson we have the best driver line-up in Formula One. They’re both world champions. Moreover, between them they’ve started 507 Grands Prix and they’ve won 47 of them. In Kevin (Magnussen) we have the best reserve driver in Formula One - a man who finished second in his very first race, let’s not forget. That is a feat achieved once in a blue moon. And in the wings we have Stoffel (Vandoorne), who’s driving superbly in GP2, and Nyck (de Vries), who’s making excellent progress in World Series by Renault 3.5. Those five drivers represent a meticulously selected staircase of talent that’s the envy of every Formula One team, believe me! What’s more, they’re family, they belong, and they know they belong. Honda are with us for the long haul, too. We’ll win together. We’re well set.
Ah Ok. So he wasn't actually trying to get rid of Lewis ( other than piss him off, talk him down and jepordise championships by concentrating on Button at all costs). I think it backfired on Whitmarsh somewhat. Losing Lewis was the nail in his coffin. So maybe then his thinking went something like this........
' Oh shit, that doesn't look good. I've just lost the fastest driver. I need to do something's quickly. I know! I'll try to get Alonso and sell to the board that actually he's better than Lewis. Yes ! This is a great idea. Ron hates Alonso, bad blood, so I get myself back firmly in bed with the board. '
But Ron boxed clever, played along, looked at the bigger picture.
:hello:Bye bye Martin!
Id love to have seen the actual scene where Ron sent him packing!!
There are a lot of rumours going around that McLaren's chassis isn't up to scratch and that the engine only accountable for 50% of their total deficit, I personally don't think this is quite fair as they haven't really had a chance to do propper aero work because they've been focused on the Engine. If they get some good areo kits added to the car I genuinely think we could see McLaren fighting with Williams in three or four races time and Red Bull/Lotus/Toro Rosso in two races time with just the engine improvements alone.
The same approach that saw RBR ahead for 5 years - - the car optimised (tightly packaged) around aero even to the point of using a smaller Kers and engine with less power and a bit lighter on fuel added to an engine architecture at least as good as Mercs with even more compactness again with an eye on the size zero packaging
The only thing is get it to develop full power without compromising the aero philosophy for extra unplanned cooling etc
They havent used full power yet so they cant have even begun to realise the size zero aero potential. They have to get the engine working properly within the design constraints first and only then can they see how much of the aero potential they can exploit.
If anything its actually exactly the way RBR mastered aero in th last era, and are unable to replicate now because the Renault PU brings nothing to th 'integration payof' party - whereas Hondas PU is hosting the party
Once they get rid of no grip Button and start developing full power at whatever aero cost from the size zero - then we can see what effective aero they actually have, till then whatever the aero parts they show will be much much less than the optimised sum
And Jenson is driving Miss Daisy - SkySports commentary