McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh says he is confident that Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button will be right in contention in the Turkish Grand Prix next weekend.
The pair have suffered mixed emotions in recent races, with Hamilton crashing out of second place in Spain and Button losing his championship lead with an earlier retirement in Monaco.
However, with the Istanbul circuit likely to be better suited to the MP4-25, Whitmarsh said he was hopeful that both drivers will be able to fight at the front of the pack.
“After non-finishes in Spain and Monaco for Lewis and Jenson respectively, we head to Istanbul determined to once again race at the front,” he said. “On paper, the track configuration should suit the MP4-25 package, which seems to excel around faster circuits. The circuit has also been resurfaced ahead of this year's race, so we're expecting a return to the race pace we showed in places like Barcelona and Shanghai.
“Our development battle continues for this race. We'll have the usual iterative changes for Turkey, these include some planned aerodynamic upgrades, which we hope will edge us closer to the front.”
Hamilton meanwhile said the team should be 'in its element' in Turkey and said he was hopeful of challenging for his first win of the year.
“I'm looking forward to Turkey,” he said. “I think we came away from Monaco with a respectable result, but the MP4-25 wasn't particularly well suited to a tight and bumpy track like that. At a place like Istanbul Park, our car will be back in its element. It loves smooth, fast circuits, where the aero can really work over the car through the long, fast corners. It should feel fantastic to drive.
“I've had some good races in Turkey, but I've never won the race, so it would be fantastic to open my 2010 account with a victory there.”