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Whitmarsh: We’re going the right way

Martin Whitmarsh says McLaren are moving in the right direction on the back of a best points haul of the season so far in Germany
Martin Whitmarsh says he thinks McLaren are heading in the right direction on the back of a promising performance in the German Grand Prix.

While a points haul of twelve is still way below what the Woking-based squad is used to taking away from a race weekend, it still marked the best to date in a troubled season for the former championship winning outfit, with Jenson Button taking sixth place and Sergio Perez crossing the line in eighth.

Although that still leaves McLaren down in sixth place in the championship standings, Whitmarsh said it was an indication that the team was moving in the right direction, with the result at the Nurburgring having also ended a run of two races without any points.

"Obviously I'm not doing handstands or anything like that," he was quoted by the Press Association. "We are still not where we expect to be or want to be, but at least it was a step in the right direction.

"After a record 64 races in the points, to then go the following two races without points was a bit of a sharpener to the mind."

Whitmarsh however was quick to deny that McLaren's improved performance was only down the fact that Pirelli had changed its tyres for the German weekend.

"I don't think there has been a change of the pecking order as a consequence of what we saw in Germany," he said. "For us, there are no secrets here, we have to continue to try to develop the car, understand it.

"We've made a little bit of progress, but frankly not as much as we would like. We've a limited amount of resource on it because we are very much focused on next year.

But as racers we won't give up. We'll be racing hard and trying to make a bit more progress the rest of this year."




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thelogicalview

July 11, 2013 8:37 PM

We've heard it all before Mr Whitmarsh, nobody's expecting Mclaren to improve this year because by your own admission you are concentrating on next years car so you can't spare the resources. The thing to do is GET IT RIGHT in the first place then you would'nt have to keep going on about how things are improving, 6th place is not and never was anything to shout about especially for a team like Mclaren who think they are the best thing since sliced bread.



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