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GP Week : Issue 178
F1 >>> NEWS EDITOR Kate Walker firstname.lastname@example.org MOTOGP EDITOR Michael Scott F1 NEWS EDITOR Abhishek Takle TECHNICAL EDITOR Paolo Filisetti CONTRIBUTING EDITOR Leigh O'Gorman PRODUCTION ARTIST Cedric Dufour PHOTOGRAPHY Sutton Motorsport Images www.sutton-images.com Keith Sutton email@example.com: Mark Sutton, Patrik Lundin, Dirk Klynsmith, Daniel Kalisz PUBLISHER Chris Lambden firstname.lastname@example.org PUBLISHED BY: Grand Prix Week Ltd 61 Watling Street, Towcester Northants NN12 6AG United Kingdom ADVERTISING: n Richard Partridge email@example.com Ph: + 44 1273 232 566 Mob: + 44 7771 567 644 n Mark Sutton firstname.lastname@example.org n SE Asia, Australasia GPWEEK (Australia) email@example.com .com WEEK McLAREN, WILLIAMS start 2013 on the back foot McLaren have endured a horrid start to their 2013 campaign, struggling for pace throughout the season-opening Australian Grand Prix weekend. Jenson Button could only manage 10th in the delayed qualifying session on Sunday morning, while teammate Sergio Perez failed to make it into the top-10 shootout, lining up 15th on the grid for his first race as a McLaren driver. After pre-season testing, McLaren were thought to be among the group of five leading teams expected to slug it out for the win in Melbourne, thanks in no small part to their having shown a good turn of speed at the first test in Jerez. The team failed to repeat its Jerez form over the next two tests around the Circuit de Catalunya, but many felt the speed was there and the team was only having trouble accessing it consistently as they worked to understand their new car, a complete overhaul compared to rivals who chose to evolve their 2012 machines. But now it has emerged that McLaren’s impressive pace at the Jerez test was achieved as a result of an incorrectly fitted suspension component, which allowed the car to run ‘unrealistically’ low ... Another team which seemed to struggle around Melbourne’s Albert Park was Williams. The former world champions returned to the top step of the podium last year, their first win in nearly a decade, and finished the year eighth in the constructors’ championship. The team are targeting a fifth-place finish this year, but could only manage 16th and 17th in the first qualifying session of the 2013 season. Pastor Maldonado, who won the Spanish Grand Prix last year, did not even make it through the first 20-minute session and proclaimed the car “undriveable” , saying the FW35 felt more like his 2011 machine – the car with which Williams endured their worst season in Formula One. "In the wet conditions we were slow and in the dry we were slow as well. The pace for tomorrow seems to be better for us but our qualifying pace was very bad," Maldonado said. "I think we're back to the condition of two years ago in the team. The car is undriveable at the moment and we need to work. That's it." 7 GPWEEK.com // 7 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: