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Whitmarsh vows McLaren won't ease up

Martin Whitmarsh vows that McLaren will keep pushing during F1 2011 even when the title is out of reach
Team principal Martin Whitmarsh has vowed that McLaren won't ease up through the remainder of the F1 seasond despite that fact that any hopes of championship success are now all but over.

Sebastian Vettel needs to just one more point to end Jenson Button's hopes of winning the drivers' title while Red Bull also hold a healthy lead in the constructors' championship.

Despite that, Whitmarsh vowed that McLaren will do all it can to prevent the excitement tailing off through the remainder of the season, with the team set to use the rest of the season to testing development parts on the MP4-26 which can be carried over to its 2012 machine.

“Taking the long journey to Suzuka always reinforces the notion that we're headed into the closing stages of the season,” he said. “While there remains a mathematical, albeit slim, chance of Jenson securing the world championship, we realistically go into these last races with an undimmed resolution to win, and to ensure the world championship remains interesting, exciting and unpredictable for as long as possible!

“To that end, we're still pushing ahead with the development of key areas of the MP4-26 – in particular, we're focusing on areas where there will be significant carry-over of performance and learning into 2012. With the 26, the key areas of overlap development are the front and rear wings: any downforce we find this year can be carried over to the MP4-27.

“Encouragingly, we were able to successfully track-test our latest iteration of rear wing in Singapore, it proving sufficiently positive during Friday practice that it was deployed on both cars for the remainder of the race weekend. While there will be an inevitable shift of focus and deployment towards the new car, we still have enough momentum within the development system to ensure that we'll still be introducing new parts through until the last few races of the season.”

As with both McLaren drivers, Whitmarsh added that the team was keen to support the Japanese public on what will be the first race at Suzuka following March's devastating earthquake and tsunami.

“McLaren has plenty of history in Japan,” he said. “We've witnessed some incredible and unpredictable scenes involving our cars and drivers at both Suzuka and Fuji down the years – and, as a team, we're all particularly proud to be going to Japan this year to play a sporting role in the redevelopment of a country that has endured terrible hardships and deprivation in 2011.

“It goes without saying that we will all be racing with the people of Japan in our hearts and minds next weekend.”

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October 02, 2011 11:32 AM

Still cant resist talk of the drivers championships, what i would really like to see is a a weekend where mclaren make no mistakes, allowing us to see just how racy they can get in comparison to red bull and vettel, removing any need for me to hear the 'we had the pace to win' speech again. Show me!


October 02, 2011 12:19 PM

We've had Button, Hamilton and now Whitmarsh all come out and say words to the effect that they are going to put on a show for the people of Japan who have had such a difficult time since the March earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis. They are appropriate and worthy sentiments, but excuse me for daring to think that the McLaren PR machine has had a part to play in these three coming out successively to express these same sentiments publicly.

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