Alonso urges McLaren to improve starts

Tue, 28 August 2007, 10:58

Fernando Alonso has urged McLaren to improve the performance of his single seater at the start of formula one races.

The Spaniard, surrounded by faster-starting Ferraris and BMWs on the Istanbul grid, dropped from fourth to sixth when the red lights extinguished in Turkey.

His championship leading teammate, Lewis Hamilton, also had a bad start last Sunday, falling from second on the grid to third behind Kimi Raikkonen before the first corner.

“Our start is probably not the best,” Alonso, 26, said, explaining that he thinks BMW-Sauber and Ferrari have improved their start-line systems this season more than McLaren.

He added: “At the beginning of the championship we were having good starts, sometimes overtaking the Ferraris.

“Obviously we haven’t made our starts worse, we keep improving, but for sure the Ferraris did a bigger step forward than us,” said Alonso.

The Woking based team’s ‘F1 CEO’ Martin Whitmarsh agreed with Alonso but said other factors also played a role in Turkey.

“Perhaps our launch control wasn’t good enough,” he said, “but we were on the wrong side of the track and maybe we had the wrong tyres on as well.”

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