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McLaren targets home push

Martin Whitmarsh reveals that McLaren is planning a big upgrade at Silverstone as F1 title race hots up
McLaren is targeting another big push at Silverstone next month on the back of a second successive 1-2 finish in the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal.

On the back of a similar result in Turkey two weeks earlier, Lewis Hamilton jumped to the head of the championship standings with team-mate Jenson Button just three points behind while McLaren now leads Red Bull in the constructors' championship by 22 points after two maximum scores in a row.

Speaking following the race in Montreal, team boss Martin Whitmarsh revealed that McLaren plans to bring in a new upgrade for the MP4-25 at Silverstone that should be worth up to a quarter of a second a lap to improve its outright speed relative to Red Bull, although he admitted that its Milton Keynes-based rival would also be fighting back strong after recent disappointments.

"We won't stand still,” Whitmarsh was quoted by Reuters. “We have a reasonably big upgrade that we are fighting to have for Silverstone, and if that is there then I would be disappointed if it is not a much bigger step than that.

"[Red Bull] are going to come back strongly and we have to make sure that we continue to develop the car. If we don't develop the car at a quick-enough pace, then we will not win races and we will not win this championship."

Red Bull boss Christian Horner has already said he feels that McLaren will be the team to beat in the next race of the season at Valencia, and Whitmarsh admitted that the car should be strong in Spain.

"We have to go to Valencia and try to capitalise on the form we have at the moment with the type of the circuit that Valencia is, and then make sure that we secure a decent step forward at Silverstone that helps us maintain the pace,” he said. "If we don't, if we fail to develop the car, we will get overhauled and beaten by more than just Red Bull."



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