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Dennis Admits Engineering Faults

Tuesday May 29th, 2001

McLaren boss Ron Dennis has admitted his engineering team is at fault for over-complicating the design of the their MP4-16's launch control system.

The Woking-based team have suffered regular technical glitches which still seem to persist this season and Mika Hakkinen has failed to finish in five of the seven races and has twice been hit by startline problems.

It all adds up to a difficult time for the team, and Dennis reluctantly admitted: "Some things we are getting right and some things we are getting wrong. We are making a meal of trying to optimise everything and as we try to create high levels of sophistication we introduce more level of complexity - and complexity catches us out."

McLaren's main concern appears to be with the launch control system, which allows the drivers a more simple starting procedure. But technical director Adrian Newey recently admitted that the system may be too complicated.

Hakkinen used it incorrectly in Austria to leave him motionless on the startline, but teammate David Coulthard has twice been hit with a similar electronic problems which shut the engine down.

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