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McLaren eager to maintain momentum

3 December 2012

Sam Michael says he is hopeful that McLaren will be able to maintain the momentum it had built in the final rounds of the 2012 F1 season when the 2013 campaign gets underway.

The team ended the season with back-to-back victories in America and Brazil to give it seven wins for the year – a figure equal with Red Bull – and meant McLaren heading into the season on a high, despite missing out on championship success once again.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, sporting director Michael admitted that McLaren still has work to do ahead of the 2013 campaign but said the late victories this season were cause for optimism about what the new season has to offer.

"The car was really quick in the last two races and I think we can look forward to some really strong performances next year," he said. "We have to make the normal gains you have to do over winter and Red Bull and Ferrari will be flat out doing that, as will the other teams trying to catch up - Lotus and Mercedes.

"But we're pretty confident we can do the right things over the winter and start off strong. We're going to Melbourne to win."

As well as preparing to welcome in new driver Sergio Perez alongside Jenson Button, Michael added that McLaren was 'making the changes' needed to ensure success on track in 2013.

"We obviously wanted to perform better in terms of end result and be there for the championship,” he said of 2012, “but the car was strong at the end and we're really focused on 2013 now.

"We've got a change to one of the drivers, so that's a big change for the team, and we're doing all the planning for that now. But also putting in place all the changes that we need to make sure that we're successful next year - and that means the whole lot."