Why McLaren's risks have been rewarded
Taking risks is part of the game at all levels in Formula 1. But as Jonathan Noble explains, Martin Whitmarsh's decision to ditch McLaren's 'octopus' exhaust system so close to the start of the season was not just correct but also a brave gamble
Formula 1 is a sport where success and failure are defined by risk. For drivers, if you are not living on that outer zone of adhesion, the precipice where your car is on the very edge of its performance envelope, then there will be no success. Going to the extremes, though, is not without its obvious dangers.
Yet juggling the risk with the reward is something that is not just the domain of drivers. For team bosses, technical chiefs and engineers, there is a constant battle between ensuring that what you deliver for the men in the cockpit is not going to be a flop.
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