All the media 'nonsense' post-Hungary hasn't affected the preparation and motivation of Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton and Team McLaren-Mercedes, that's the verdict of CEO Martin Whitmarsh, ahead of the Turkish Grand Prix next weekend.

Speaking ahead of the twelfth round in the 2007 FIA Formula 1 World Championship, Whitmarsh added that while they did face some 'unique' challenges in Budapest that is all now very much in the past, with the focus firmly on Istanbul Park and maximising the potential of the MP4-22.

"Every single member of the McLaren Mercedes team is keen to get back to the racing next weekend in Turkey," he noted.

"Each race weekend has its own challenges and we faced some fairly unique ones at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

"There has been much reportage in the press in the two weeks since; however none of this has affected the preparation and motivation of Fernando, Lewis and the team for this 12th round of the season.

"In Woking, Brixworth and Stuttgart the work has been relentless as we seek to find the performance enhancements we know we have to achieve in order to continue our battle for both Championships."

Mercedes boss, Norbert Haug meanwhile echoed those sentiments, adding that the final six races in Turkey, Italy, Belgium, Japan, China and Brazil will be especially demanding.

The fact the season as a whole has been quite tough for the Woking-based outfit, what with the spy row and internal rivalry between Alonso and Hamilton, means though that they should be well use to dealing with any difficulties.

"Following the summer break since the Hungarian Grand Prix we are now facing six grand's prix within the next eight weeks leading up to the season finale in Sao Paulo on October 21; everybody involved will virtually continue without break until the final Grand Prix of the season," he added.

"Our aim for the sprint up to the season's finale: We want to carry on as we have done in the first 11 races of the season."

"Everybody in the team is concentrated and focussed, because these six races in two months on three continents will be everything but a walk in the park. However, I think we can say that the races since the season opener in Australia haven't been easy either," he concluded.

 

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