Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Too soon to judge changes

Ron Dennis in the garage.
(McLaren Mercedes)

McLaren chairman Ron Dennis has stated that it is 'too early to judge the changes' he put in place at the Formula One team and whether or not they have been effective. 

Dennis returned as chairman of McLaren F1 earlier this season and immediately begin a restructuring programme within the Woking based outfit which including bring in former Lotus F1 Team principal Eric Boullier as the new Racing Director. The team begin the season well with a double podium finish at the season opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne's Albert Park circuit.

However since then the team have failed to match the pace of the likes of the Mercedes AMG F1 and reigning world champions Infiniti Red Bull Racing. The team are currently in fifth place in the Constructors championship just one point ahead of the Sahara Force India F1 Team. 

Despite the teams difficult season in 2014 they have already made improvements on where they were last season as they failed to score a single podium in 2013. Despite the restructuring programme undertaken by the company Dennis feels that it is still too soon to tell if it has worked or not. He said:

'There will be more changes over the next three months, but primarily to basically make sure the machine works properly, When you bring people together you bring their personalities together, and that doPeter Perdoesn't come out for a month or two. Then you've got to shape everything to make sure it all works smoothly.'

One major change that the team will make ahead of next season in their switch from Mercedes power units to a supply deal with Honda which will inevitably take time to produce results particularly with the limited testing prior to the start of the 2015 campaign. This week saw the arrival of former Infiniti Red Bull Racing aerodynamicist Peter Pedromou to the Woking based team and will take up the role of chief engineer.

© Ben Johnston 2014

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