Sam Michael
Nov 15

F1: Magnussen Will Improve McLaren, Says Michael

Kevin Magnussen (right) will join Jenson Button (left) at McLaren next season. (Photo: Getty Images)

(right) will join (left) at next season. (Photo: Getty Images)

says that McLaren dropped simply because it believed that Kevin Magnussen would help to improve the team – and that the opportunity of fast tracking the Dane into a race seat was too good to miss.

“You look and assess where your capabilities are, where you think you can improve and the view internally is that we could improve by going with Magnussen,” said Michael. “Checo’s doing a fantastic job at the moment considering the pressure that he’s under. He’s keeping his head level and being very professional about it. So, very commendable his approach over the recent races, and as recently as this one.

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Sep 2

Michael Expects McLaren To Be Stronger In Italy

Sam Michael (right) and Jenson Button. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

(right) and . (Photo: LAT Photographic)

Sam Michael expects to show good form at Monza, where teams run will run ever lower downforce levels than in the last race in Belgium, where Jenson Button finished sixth.

“It’s not really the same as Spa,” Michael told this writer. “At Spa you have a trade-off between sector two, which is maximum downforce, and one and three which are minimum downforce. Monza is obviously all low downforce so it is a different aerodynamic track. But we should be good there as well, I think.

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Jul 31

McLaren Making Progress, Says Michael

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sporting director says that the Hungarian GP indicated that the team is making progress, and adds that the race could have been better had the team been able to do a different strategy.

finished seventh after running ahead of top qualifiers Sebastian Vettel and Romain Grosjean before his late first stop, while overcame a bad first lap to take ninth. Both men started on the prime tire and stopped only twice.

“It was good, but I think it could have been a lot stronger if we’d been able to run our strategy and run a three-stop,” Michael told SPEED.com. “We couldn’t run a three-stop because of traffic, whereas some of the front guys could. They just happened to sneak into the right windows to do the lap times.

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