Development caught us out, says Dennis.

Posted: June 5, 2006 by Neeraj in Drivers, Engines, External, Formula-One, Kimi Raikkonen, McLaren Mercedes, Ron Dennis, Teams

As reported on

McLaren had a revised engine cover for the street race, which was rushed into service before going through as much on-track testing as would normally be the case. In Thursday Raikkonen suffered a fire when he ran slowly before and after a practice start on the grid at the end of the morning practice session.

“We had a long period with the engine on high revs,” said Ron Dennis. “It heated the exhaust system up to high temperature, and then you go out behind the safety car, and you don’t get enough airflow to cool off the exhaust.
“Of course these things we normally sort out in testing, but this is a new engine cover and new system in that area. Whilst we had a small problem in practice, we thought we’d resolved it. So we had a fire in the engine compartment that damaged the wiring loom.

“It’s frustrating, but we had the pace. It wasn’t bad luck. It was a reflection of our intensity of development.”

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  1. sukhi says:

    ron, ron, ron.
    When will you ever learn?

    the damn guy has such an easy time finding excuses, how did he ever get to head the team?

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