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Hungarian Grand Prix: Nothing to panic about, says Neale

Jonathan Neale: We made some mistakes, we've got to get over it, we've got to move on
McLaren managing director Jonathan Neale is adamant the team will return to winning ways next season.

McLaren opted to go radical with the MP4-28 this year and that decision has proved disastrous, with Jenson Button's fifth place finish in China back in April the 'highlight' so far.

To date the Woking-based squad has only notched up 49 points, leaving it sixth in the Constructors' Championship, 10 points behind Force India and a massive 201 points behind the leaders, Red Bull Racing.

Despite the 'pain' though, Neale added that there is 'no sense of panic' and he said they will keep plugging away to ensure 2014 is a different story.

“F1 is one of those sports where you are punished if you are off the pace,” he told British newspaper, The Sun ahead of this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix, the tenth round in the 2013 F1 World Championship.

“Coming to do that in front of hundreds of millions of people every fortnight is very focussing. We've managed to achieve some things in terms of reliability, operational consistency and stuff. But the on-track delivery is just not competitive at the moment and that's very painful.

”We're working very hard to try and do something about that and make sure we don't repeat the mistakes going into next season.

“We've got to look long-term. McLaren have been around for 50 years, we've got 182 race wins. We will be back, we will be winning. There's nothing to be complacent about but there's nothing to panic about. We made some mistakes, we've got to get over it, we've got to move on.”

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McLaren Racing managing director Jonathan Neale
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The new McLaren MP4-28 nosecone. 31.01.2013. McLaren MP4-28 Launch, McLaren Technology Centre, Woking, England.

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July 23, 2013 12:48 PM

This is basically reafirming that they have given up on this years car and are concentrating on next years, not totally surprising considering the amount of claptrap we have had from Whitmarsh during the past three months about how they would soon be winning again and that they had upgrades planned for virtually every race. That clearly has'nt happened and they are as uncompetitive now as they were at the start of the season. Let's hope they get it right next season otherwise Messers Neale and Whitmarsh are likely to be seeking new jobs.

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