McLaren will be going all out to make it three Canadian Grand Prix wins in succession this weekend.
The Woking-based outfit has only managed to notch up one victory so far this season, with Jenson Button taking the laurels at the season opening, Australian GP, back in March. Since then things have got progressively more and more difficult and with no podiums since China – when Lewis Hamilton finished third - and the gap to Red Bull in the Constructors' now at 38 points, the team will want to stop the rot.
“Canada has been a happy hunting ground for the team in recent years and we're fired up to make it a hat-trick,” McLaren team principal, Martin Whitmarsh said ahead of the seventh round in the 2012 F1 World Championship. “I think everybody in F1 enjoys the Canadian Grand Prix – the city plays a wonderful host to the event, and the circuit is fast, challenging and unforgiving.
“Throw in the commonly unpredictable Quebecois weather and you have the perfect combination for an excitable and unpredictable weekend.
“Of course, we were the major benefactors of that very unpredictability last year, and nobody at Vodafone McLaren Mercedes can think of Montreal without remembering Jenson's magnificent victory there last year.
“But, let's not forget that Lewis, too, has many happy memories of this circuit – he won his first grand prix there in 2007, has had pole position three times and dominated the event in 2010.
“Finally, the Canadian Grand Prix will mark the 300th grand prix with our partners Mobil 1, Mercedes-Benz and Enkei. Mobil 1 kicked off their relationship with McLaren at the 1995 Brazilian Grand Prix – and, since then, we've never looked back. It's been an incredibly productive partnership – on both a technical and personal level.
“During that time together, we've achieved quite a lot: three drivers' championships, one constructors' championship, 72 grand prix victories, 70 pole positions, 81 fastest laps and 2525 points. Let's hope we can add to those figures in Montreal,” he concluded.