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Sunday, March 30, 2008

Movin’ on.... down

Minardi's garage for the 2005 USGP. McLaren will be forced to use a smaller garage like this one at this year's Bahrain GP.

Due to it’s position last year in the standings (last), McLaren seemed slated to occupy the last garages in the pitlane this season.

That is difficult for a team used to occupying one of the first two garages in the lane, and not just for the ego.

The number of personnel and and amount of equipment McLaren bring to races are geared toward having more real estate. In the past that hasn’t been a problem, as McLaren could always count on roomy garages.

Special dispensation was made in Australia and Malaysia so the could occupy the larger facilities.

Bahrain, however, has ruled that McLaren will drop to the end of the pitlane.

McLaren? Meet Force India.

Meanwhile, Crash.net reports McLaren’s Martin Whitmarsh believes it has solved the wheel nut problem which hindered Lewis Hamilton in Malaysia.

Button: Honda improving

Jenson Button has been impressed with what he has seen from Honda so far, but he isn’t letting that cloud his judgment.

Button told Sky Sports the Honda team is encouraged, but knows it has ground to make up before it will be scoring points on a regular basis.

Honda has surprised a bit this year, given that its winter testing performance seemed well off the pace, and last season’s car was so dreadful.

The team has been consistently running mid pack, and if not for Barrichello’s DQ in Austrailia, Honda would have been halfway to last season’s points haul.

It should be interesting to see what kind of improvement Honda can make once the series returns to Europe and testing can be done. Don't miss the top stories of the day, subscribe to the SpeedRead Web newspaper now! -- Email SpeedRead -- Learn more about author C.D. Six

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