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McLaren doubts Korea will favour any team

“Obviously, our desire and hope is that we can race that with confidence and gain the performance out of it that we think there is available. We will certainly be running the new rear wing on Friday and continuing the investigations that were cut short in Suzuka, [while] we also have a new front wing. They are the two big updates that will be visible on the car [but], in addition to that, we have some smaller mechanical updates, all aiming to add to performance.”

Given Red Bull's domination of qualifying this season, Prew accepts the suggestion that it might be a good time to get ahead of Webber and team-mate Sebastian Vettel on the gird, but insists that, with the KIC layout as it is, missing the front row may not be a disaster either.

“I think we've had some very good launch performance over recent races, which would put us in good stead going into the first corner,” he pointed out, “Then, on a timed lap, there are three good straights, which actually give you an opportunity to catch up, and another opportunity to overtake.

“In that aspect, I think there are some very good overtaking opportunities here, not just because of the braking points to make the overtaking, but the opportunity to gain on the first two straights and perhaps make the overtaking manoeuvre into turn four for example. I think we have strengths in that area on our car and I think the opening laps could be very interesting, even if we're behind.”



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