McLaren technical director Paddy Lowe has said he is 'optimistic' the team won't have issues with the soft tyres in Abu Dhabi.
McLaren struggled during the Indian Grand Prix
last weekend with Lewis Hamilton
and Jenson Button
both losing crucial time in the first stint with the softer of the two Pirelli tyres on offer. However the Woking-based outfit is confident it won't be a problem this coming Sunday at the Yas Marina Circuit.
“We very much hope not, but it was a particularly bad problem for us in India,” Lowe said during the latest Vodafone McLaren
Mercedes phone-in ahead of the 18th round in the 2012 F1 World Championship.
“There is something about the nature of that track [in India] that seems to be quite unusual so we are optimistic that won't reoccur here [in Abu Dhabi].
“Certainly we've had that compound already this season and it hasn't been a problem at other circuits, so hopefully it shouldn't be a problem this weekend too.”
Meanwhile, Lowe added with the situation in the Constructors' Championship not looking especially positive - given Red Bull
Racing lead with 406 points, compared to McLaren's 306 - the focus now is very much race wins.
“We will go out to try and win all three of these last three races. Realistically the Constructors' Championship is very, very difficult. But of course we won't give up - and the way of not giving up, is just to treat each race one at a time and just do our best to win and get two people [both our drivers] on the podium. That is our ambition.
“If at the end of it, what pops out is that we have won the [Constructors'] Championship, because we have done well with that and misfortunes have struck others, then that will be fantastic.
"But I think if you look at the points overall that is quite a stretch to imagine,” he conceded.