Following another disappointing Qualifying performance ahead of the United States Grand Prix, Downton-Pagani team manager Bradley Downton has spoken out and called for his team to rally round.
'There's no point sugar-coating it. We aren't where we want to be at the moment. We need more, we need to improve.'
The comments from the team manager come after he was questioned on where his teams pace had gone since the opening weekend of the season.
'No-one knew what would happen that first weekend and to be honest, I think we were lucky to get that podium. Scotty - who remains in a coma in a critical condition and whom we are all wishing will get better soon - put in another great drive in Bahrain to fifth but since then we've struggled.
Kipper came close to his first points in Canada, but just missed out, despite the number of retirements.
Now - due to Scotty's accident - we have Marcus in the car and in his first session he's out qualified Kipper. Perhaps we need to look at why this is. We currently have a very inexperienced driver line-up and perhaps this is hurting us.
Kipper isn't really ready to lead the team and so maybe he needs some assistance. We do have a driver coach lined up and are awaiting confirmation from Nic (series co-ordinator) as to whether we can use him.
Kipper does need to raise his game though. We're sure the car is capable of better but Kipper's not performing. We see something in him - if we didn't we wouldn't have re-signed him - but he's not delivering, and he needs to start - or he could find himself in trouble.'
The last section seems to insinuate that Downton are losing patience with Maxwell under-performing, although with no other test driver's - and Parsons out for a lengthy time - Downton look stuck for answers.
One thing is for sure though, if Maxwell doesn't up his game - his contract for next season co