12 Mar 2009

Top dogs a bit slow heading into new F1 season

7:48 am on 12 March 2009

Formula One motor racing champion Lewis Hamilton's new McLaren needs to be faster but the team have time to get it up to speed, according to the team boss.

Ron Dennis says the car's certainly not as fast as they would like it to be but it's early days and there's still a lot of testing and development to do.

But the first race is in Australia on March 29th and McLaren have only next week remaining before a season-long testing ban comes into force.

McLaren's Heikki Kovalainen was the slowest driver on track in testing at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya on Tuesday, more than 2.6 seconds behind BMW-Sauber's Nick Heidfeld, and only ninth of 11 the next day.