McLaren “Sabotaged” Andretti?

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Marco Andretti

Marco Andretti, speaking with the Associate Press, said that McLaren effectively sabotaged his father’s Formula 1 career.Michael Andretti drove for McLaren in the 1990’s with Ayrton Senna as his teammate. Michael Andretti was replaced by Mika Hakkinen.

Marco hopes to have a future in Formula 1 but is only interested in a top team (aren’t they all). When asked about it, he said:

“If you ask me, it was sabotage. They would make the car do weird things in the corner electronically, stuff out of his control,” he said.

Speaking of Senna, he said “He was one of the few who knew what was really happening in the team, and I think he believed in my father. It was Monza that he really said, ‘Give him my car. Give him exactly what I had’,”.

Apparently McLaren did not answer a request for comment. Imagine that? Now we all know this isn’t true because McLaren have an equal driver policy so while they did not comment on this story; I am sure it is because they are busy preparing equal cars and strategies for Lewis and Heikki.

Actually? I find this all a little hard to digest as Marco is probably recalling the explanation given to him by his father and that explanation is certainly going to be a little biased. Michael is no Mario and I think that had more to do with it than any McLaren conspiracy to protect Senna from a threatening Michael Andretti. Let’s hope Marco is more like his grandfather. Especially when recalling history and the prudence of using words out loud when they should probably be kept in one’s head.

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Architrion
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Architrion

I’m sure this guy has said such weird things because he didn’t see the fair treatment Ron gave to Alonso last year, as he again failed to understand how equal were Hakinen and Coulthard equipment. Surely the main cause is living at the other side of the big pool with no Internet conection to read one day after another how the brit press reflects this cruel reality. Regards.

WonkyDave
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WonkyDave

Ah, exactly what we need – another whining Andretti.

I don’t think Michael ever admitted to Marco that what doomed his F1 “career” was bad aerodynamics. The helmet that fit Michael’s huge, ego-inflated head caused alot of drag and upset the balance of one of the ugliest F1 cars ever driven.

Hey, Marco – ask your dad how many Indy 500s he won in his glory days.

terry04[dot]dx[at]gmail[dot]com
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terry04[dot]dx[at]gmail[dot]com

i’m nt realy a fan of mclaren, particulary lewis knobilton. i like bmw alot though. wonkydave says micheal adretti had an ego? i dnt knw. i wasn’t around back then:( but even if he did. i’m sure it’s as over sized as lois hamshankston

Negative Camber
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LOL. I must say that I knew Dave would get a kick out of this story. Good points Arch. Shankston…that’s funny. Welcome Terry.

WonkyDave
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WonkyDave

Terry, I love “Knobilton.” May I use it in future posts?

And yes, Michael’s ego is enormous. Lois just needs time to fully develop his to rival and surpass Michael’s. But they both have the same origin – their fathers.

BazLermon
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BazLermon

If I remember correctly, and I think I do, wasn’t the real problem in cornering down to the fact that Michael insisted on steel brake discs while the rest of the grid, including his sister car were using (and still use) modern, carbon fibre composites?

MJohnHurt
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MJohnHurt

In my adult life I have found myself telling someone something that was told to me by my father that I believed unquestioningly because my father was infallible at the time he told it to me (7-10 years old). As the words pass my lips I realize that it’s complete and utter bullshit. I wonder if Marco has ever experienced that?

Grace
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I think Marco spend sometime at the Mr. E’s School for kids who can’t drive good and is beginning to align himself with Ferrari.

Architrion
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Architrion

lol. Neg, this is a best reading post, I think….

Negative Camber
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LOL. Agreed Arch. Grreat comments folks. I especially like this because Dave wasn’t afraid to admit to me that he was a Michael Anretti fan.

you know, that seems to ring a bell Baz. I’ll have to brush up on my Michael Andretti history but it seems I recall reading about brakes.

Architrion
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Architrion

I have to say that I would like some principal to sign this guy only with a condition on his contract… to keep his mouth wide open and keep telling such things…. We need some fun between this Terminator T-1 class drivers.

onthepodium
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onthepodium

you know if michael andretti felt that way, he felt that way. alonso sure felt there was favoritism at macca, and isn’t favoritism just another form of sabotage? the huge egos in F1 and the obvious fact that each team has a number one driver but pretends not to, demands that every driver has some sort of gripe to make at all times, justified or not. it’s the competitive nature of almost any sport. what really surprises me here is that marco is bringing this up now, just as the doors may be opening for his entry into F1. talk… Read more »

Negative Camber
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Agreed podium. I think it is very odd timing. I also would assume his father would have gotten over this by now and that his son would not feel compelled to carry on the bitterness.

dumpsterdiver
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dumpsterdiver

“probably recanting the explanation”

NC: isn’t “”recalling” the proper word here? recant means to reject, which doesn’t make sense for the sentence.

wouldn’t have mentioned it, but thought that if i didn’t mention it to our illustrious mod, i’d be a poltroon. :P

lol

Negative Camber
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Absolutely! I think it was some very poor cut and paste editing on my part. Most certainly correct me when wrong; which is often I might add.

WonkyDave
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WonkyDave

I think Grace may be right. Massa could be out on his ear, and Marco wants to say the right things to impress Ferrari. He’s making his move now, particularly considering that young Mr. Rahal is making waves in HIRL, and Marco doesn’t want to be out-shone and passed up for a chance in F1. And NC, I’ve got almost 30 years worth of corrections for you. Where would like me to start? I know! How about the fact the that I spit venom whenever the name “Andretti” is mentioned. Okay, okay. That was too harsh. Jeff is a decent… Read more »

Negative Camber
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ouch! Poor Jeff. I chatted up Mario about his near miss at Le Mans a few years ago. I found him to be a nice guy as well.

Negative Camber
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Wow. 30 years…that’s scary when you think about it.

Paul
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“In my adult life I have found myself telling someone something that was told to me by my father that I believed unquestioningly because my father was infallible at the time he told it to me (7-10 years old). As the words pass my lips I realize that it’s complete and utter bullshit. I wonder if Marco has ever experienced that?”

I still tell people my parents bought me at a department store. Apparently it was a tough call between me and a toaster.

The steel brakes thing is something I remember hearing too.

Paul
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Or was that Alex Zanardi?

Negative Camber
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I think they made the right choice Paul. Besides, toaster can’t post on F1B so we are lucky your parents made the right choice. :)

brendan stallard
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brendan stallard

I saw Michael Andretti in F1, and he was carp. He couldn’t cut it at all. He couldn’t handle the suspension or the traction control, and the cars were way too complicated for him. He looked completely out of his depth.

brendan

Negative Camber
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Thats the exact comment Marco should be making Brenden but alas, he’s a little biased.