Martin Whitmarsh revealed that his McLaren team had made the mistake of assembling the car before the first day of testing in Jerez, suggesting a different form of car. An integral part of the suspension was installed incorrectly on the car, which made the car "lie" much lower on the track, which corresponded to the Spanish track. Jenson Button dictated the pace that day, making McLaren appear to be much taller than he really is. After the end of the test day, the error was discovered and corrected, as they would not be able to perform with such a car composition in the long run. Ever since then, McLarn has not found a path that would lead them to a similar form, and competitors have speculated as to why the MP4-28 was immediately so fast.
“It was the part of the car that wasn’t installed properly,” Whitmarsh said. “The car was therefore drastically close to the ground, which made the other components work better. Such a configuration would not work on uneven tracks like the one in Melbourne. These were settings that were not realistically feasible on most lanes, ”added Whitmarsh, who also revealed that they encountered problems on Friday because they again, this time deliberately, tried to drive with a“ wrong ”installed part.
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