McLaren: We are not up with Renault yet

Posted: June 22, 2006 by Neeraj in Drivers, Formula-One, Gary Paffett, Kimi Raikkonen, Martin Whitmarsh, McLaren Mercedes, Norbert Haug, Pedro de la Rosa, RaceTracks, Renault, Silverstone, Teams, Test Drivers

As reported on

“We completed a productive three day test at Paul Ricard last week with Kimi [Raikkonen], Pedro [de la Rosa] and Gary [Paffett] completing over 2,600km between them,” McLaren-Mercedes CEO, Martin Whitmarsh noted. “The test has been a focus of our intensive programme of testing and development, as we still need to find performance in the MP4-21, and there is a lot of determination within the team to bring this to the track.

“With the front row grid slot and podium at Silverstone, we are moving in the right direction but there is more work that needs to be done to catch up with our prime competitors.”

“We all have to work hard to become as competitive as we have been last year; five podium finishes in eight races do not reflect what this team is capable of and what we had planned. These improvements cannot be achieved overnight; however we will achieve them within a manageable period,” Mercedes boss, Norbert Haug pledged.

Even the snails move in right direction [albeit slow], therefore just moving in right direction is not enough, they have to move pretty fast. And with nearly half races in the season completed, I don’t know what’s the definition of “manageable period” as for them.

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