MPH: Mark Hughes on...

MPH: Mark Hughes on...

It's par for the course for a team to make mistakes in the pressure cooker that is F1, but for one of the frontrunners it seems to be habit-forming

For a team fighting for the world championship, there are invariably any number of high-pressure calls - and anticipation of likely problems - to be made over the course of a season. The law of averages usually ensures you are tripped over by one of these every so often. But of the three title-contending teams, one is being caught out far less frequently than the others. Let's be clear: these are, for the most part, errors only in hindsight. In the intensity of the moment it's different.

So we had Red Bull leaning out its engine in Bahrain to save fuel and triggering a spark plug failure that lost it the race. Then there was the same team leaving their drivers out a lap too long in the change from inters to dries in the early stages of Australia. In Malaysia, McLaren and Ferrari failed to do the common sense thing of a banker time in Q1 and ended up at the wrong end of the grid. Red Bull and Webber made the exact same error there but were quick enough to get away with it.

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