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McLaren apologizes as Red Bull ECU developes software glitch

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Christian Horner, Red Bull Team Principal

British Supercar company, McLaren, has apologized to the Red Bull Racing team for their Engine Control Unit (ECU) that malfunctioned in Mark Webber‘s car.

During the Australian GP, Webber’s Red Bell suffered a glitch in the ECU system that possibly cost him the race. He dropped down to seventh place following a software related problem that developed with the ECU. After the race, a furious RBR Team Principal Christian Horner said “Hugely frustrating because it was an ECU issue and that is supplied by a third party – I’ll let you guess who that is.”

Martin Whitmarsh, the CEO of McLaren, said the company is ready to take full responsibility for the issue but then later added that it is possible to “inflict ECU problems on yourself by how you set it up, but I will look into it.”

Technicians from the Woking based company said that they traced the source of the problem and have sincerely apologized to the Red Bull F1 team. They said “The electronic units themselves ran without incident in Melbourne, but there was a software-related issue that meant that Webber’s car’s garage data system had to be re-started during the formation lap.

The McLaren group has a separate division called the McLaren Electronics Systems, which is dedicated to the development of the electronic components, supplies standard ECU’s to all its F1 clients. They are now working with the RBR team to see to that no such problem ever happens again.

Source – ESPN

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