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McLaren battling to compete

After the Australian race, the team from Woking has struggled to find the proper pace.
Monday, May 5, 2014

May 5, 2014 (AFP/F1plus).- As Mercedes plan to stay on top aahead of the Spansh GP and throughout European season, McLaren are battling to regain their competitiveness after a strong opening race in Australia was followed by a dip
in form.

Racing director Eric Boullier and chief executive Jonathan Neale have reviewed the team's operations and reacted with a raft of new signings.

These have included aerodynamicists Tony Salter from Sauber and Guillaume Cattelani from Lotus ahead of the arrival next year of a new 'aero' chief in Peter Prodromou.

Boullier is convinced the changes will reap dividends.

"McLaren is composed of brilliant individuals, they have been winning many races and have been fighting for championships," he said.

"I think it is just to make sure that the same people are working together in one way with strong leadership, strong guidance and at least it will help them to recover their past success."

The prospect of McLaren continuing to struggle in the doldrums 20 years on from the death of Ayrton Senna signals the extent of the changes in the sport since 1994.

Modern and safer circuits, quieter engines and a more corporate involvement are only three of the discernible differences in a sport that remains awash
with money, fiercely competitive and technically progressive.

Yet the supremacy of Mercedes and the intra-team scrap between Hamilton and Rosberg has echoes of McLaren's experiences with Senna and Alain Prost in an age when the racing, the purest part of the sport, could rise and thrill audiences all over the world.

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