Boss alarmed about lack pace in new McLaren 15 March, 2013 Sergio Perez in Melbourne McLaren on Friday admitted it is now “worried” about the pace – or lack thereof – in their new MP4-28 car. Jenson Button was just ninth in opening practice in Melbourne, before lagging more than two seconds off the pace in the second ninety minute session. Team newcomer Sergio Perez was consistently even slower. “I think we should be worried about the pace,” team boss Martin Whitmarsh told British broadcaster Sky. “It is a tough day in the office for everyone at the moment, we are lacking grip and there is a lot of head scratching at the moment,” he said. While most top teams – notably continuing pacesetters Red Bull – simply evolved their 2012 cars for the final season of V8 regulations, McLaren unveiled a radical new car for this year, including novel pull-rod front suspension. “I think we are still learning and there is a lot we still need to learn about this car,” Whitmarsh added, “but we have struggled frankly to quite understand how it is performing.” Sporting director Sam Michael likened McLaren’s new struggles to Ferrari‘s of early last year, when Fernando Alonso would ultimately go on to challenge for the title. “By the fourth or fifth race they were there,” he said. Tweet Related NewsTech Talk: Wings of change in MelbourneDennis says Magnussen has the right stuff to be world championLauda assures Hamilton his title fight is by no means overButton: Papa Smurf will have a big smile on his face looking downMcLaren: We can be very proud of the job we did todayMagnussen: It’s hard to believe, it’s not a win but it definitely feels like a bit of a winBright start for rookie Magnussen who flies the flag for McLaren when it mattersAlonso, Vettel and Magnussen cleared by stewards after qualiftyingFerrari: We are not satisfied with the final resultMcLaren: The race is tomorrow, and so are the points Hooters Just ask Lewis how to set up the car… Eevel @Hooters HAHAHA!! Brilliant!