Team McLaren-Mercedes has set its sights on taking the win at the Nurburgring next weekend and CEO Martin Whitmarsh has admitted that they need to 'raise the bar'.

McLaren had to settle for a two-three finish at Silverstone last Sunday and now they are determined to try and stop Kimi Raikkonen's run, which has seen the Finn win the last two races in succession for the Scuderia.

Speaking ahead of Mercedes-Benz's home race, Whitmarsh added that the three-day test at Spa this week was very 'constructive'.

"Whilst we left Silverstone satisfied with the points Fernando [Alonso] and Lewis [Hamilton] took from the race, the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team exists to win," he stated.

"The team is approaching the race at the N?rburgring looking to win; the motivation is there, as is the performance with Fernando, Lewis, the MP4-22 and the team. We had a constructive test in Belgium, as I am sure have the other teams, and we now need to translate that onto the race track. We have to raise the bar internally with regards our performance and continue to ensure that if the win doesn't happen, then we take the maximum points total possible."

Mercedes boss, Norbert Haug meanwhile conceded that they do need to make improvements to stop Ferrari from taking a third straight victory.

"We arrive at our home Grand Prix at the N?rburgring with a positive balance from the first half of the season. However, the most recent races in Magny-Cours and Silverstone showed that we have to improve further, and everybody in the team works to achieve this in a disciplined manner and with all their power," he added.

"The N?rburgring and its history is synonymous with the brand and Mercedes-Benz's motor sport history, after Rudolf Caracciola won the opening race here 80 years ago, and the Silver Arrow was born at the Eifel race 73 years ago.

"With an attractive and popular entertainment programme next to the track at our home Grand Prix, we traditionally create additional value at no extra cost to our fans, as well as to those of the other teams who want to visit us. However we also do not forget that the most important part happens not next to, but on the track, and we will try to be at the very front at the N?rburgring," Haug concluded.

 

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