McLaren Electronic Systems, the company that supplies electronic control units to Formula Caravan, apologized to Mark Webber and the Red Bull team for finding that a problem with the control unit software had affected Australia’s start to the Australian Grand Prix race. The MES reported that the control unit itself in Australia operated smoothly on all race cars, but the data collection system on Webb’s race car had to be restarted during the warm-up circuit, which affected the Australian’s preparations for the start. Webber fell from second to seventh after a poor start to the first turn.
The McLaren team responded to Red Bull Racing's claims that the British team was to blame for Mark Webber's problems in Australia. Webber had a very bad start to the race for the Australian Grand Prix, and then KERS teased him, so Red Bull boss Christian Horner said: "You have to ask McLaren why the control unit didn't work." McLaren's subsidiary MES (McLaren Electronic Systems) supplies standardized electronic control units to Formula One teams. This year, the teams are using a new one, ready for use in the coming seasons, when the race cars will be powered by V6 turbo engines. The control unit caught the teams already in tests, and finally caused problems to the International Automobile Federation FIA, which lost contact with the race cars in the race in Australia and thus out of the waters.
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