Worst McLaren winter in 20 years

Stephan Heublein

The period between February and March was the "worst I've experienced in 20 years at McLaren", the British team's technical director has admitted.

Briton Paddy Lowe was referring to McLaren's recent winter campaign, when the new MP4-26 was proving not only slow but also terminally unreliable as the team persevered with an exhaust concept so complex it was dubbed 'the octopus'.