If you'd picked up some of the national newspapers post-British Grand Prix, you might have been forgiven for thinking that McLaren was a team in crisis.
Inevitably perhaps, there were stories that team principal Martin Whitmarsh was a man under pressure.
Whitmarsh's leadership has never been called into question by McLaren © LAT
I say 'inevitably' because Silverstone was The Big One; the home race for the team and for Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button. The national paper men were out in force. Not just the F1 correspondents but chief sports writers, diarists and feature writers. The pressure was on to make a bit of a splash. And hell, in the best of traditions, don't let the facts get in the way.
Some of it was mere adoption of the football mentality: the big team with the home stars was losing out, so obviously the main man must go.
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