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Whitmarsh 'relaxed' about criticism

Sunday 31st March 2013

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Whitmarsh 'relaxed' about criticism

Whitmarsh 'relaxed' about criticism

Martin Whitmarsh insists he'll deal with the criticism McLaren are currently facing and won't hang any of his team out to dry.

Heading into the season, McLaren had hoped to fight for grand prix victories while building up a title campaign as they bid for their first Drivers' crown since 2008.

That, though, did not happen. Instead McLaren, who opted for a revolutionary approach to their MP4-28, were woefully off the pace in Australia with Jenson Button finishing ninth.

Sepang was better for the team, however, again it was only a two-pointer, this time courtesy of Sergio Perez.

But despite McLaren's woes, Whitmarsh is adamant he won't throw anyone under the bus and nor will he dictate to his experienced McLaren personnel.

"I'm relaxed about it," said the team boss told ESPNF1.. "I'm passionate about what I do and I don't like it when it doesn't go right but we've all got a job to do and I don't ever shy away from facing up to stuff.

"It's always very easy; people were trying to get me to name names of who might be responsible and people who might not even be here to defend themselves, but that's not my style. That's not how I operate and I hope and believe ultimately in our drivers, engineers; we've got a lot of bright, motivated people here.

"If you try and make decisions or impose them on pips and stripes saying 'I'm in charge, this is how it's going to be', you'll fail, I believe.

"I hope and believe that I've got a reasonable amount of persuasive influence on most of the people in the organisation because they respect - I hope they do, not always I'm sure - generally respect that I play it straight, I tell them what I think.

"Behind closed doors I'll be pretty brutally frank, but publicly - it doesn't matter if it's a guy in a pit stop, an engineer, director of the company or a race driver - if someone says to you 'Do you want to be the fourth team principal in the history of McLaren?' and you say 'Yeah I'll have that', your ego to the fore, then you take what comes with it."

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