Whitmarsh's verdict on the state of F1

Whitmarsh's verdict on the state of F1

A press briefing about carbon emissions turned into an hour of erudite insight from Martin Whitmarsh on topics from motorhomes to pay drivers, precarious teams to hesitant manufacturers. Dieter Rencken was there

It all started with a press briefing convened at Jerez by McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh in the team's hospitality unit to discuss progress made by Formula 1 in general and the Formula One Teams' Association in particular on ecological matters and successful efforts to reduce the sport's carbon footprint.

However, having welcomed the media 'to our humble abode' – in the best McLaren tradition, a swish silver-grey tented structure next to the team's mobile base – talk turned to the question of a new race weekend unit, for the squad's imposing cylindrical facility faces its sixth season, the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Brand Centre (to spell it out chapter and verse) having been unveiled at the 2007 British Grand Prix.

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