McLaren confident of improved pace in China

5 April 2013 by TF1T Staff | M

McLaren's Martin Whitmarsh is thankful for the three-week break between the Malaysian and Chinese Grands Prix as the Woking-based squad looks to get on top of its issues.

Whitmarsh is confident they have a better understanding of the MP4-28, it's problems and what can be done to "widen its operating window" which he hopes will see them enjoy a more competitive weekend.

“Clearly, our performance in Australia and Malaysia fell below the high standards we’ve come to expect at McLaren," he said.

"However, the three-week break between rounds two and three has been a useful one; we have been fully engaged in further developing our understanding of the MP4-28 and are confident of being able to implement a number of changes this weekend that will widen its operating window and, potentially, improve its performance.

"The engineers, designers and mechanics, too, have worked tirelessly and painstakingly to unlock the car’s potential, and we feel confident that we are starting to turn the page."

Sergio Perez, who has just two points from two races, says the response to their troubles has been "incredible".

"I think there’s been a little time to breathe after the first two races of the season. That’s been important for us, as we’ve been able to get back to MTC and really throw all our efforts behind the modifications we need to make the car perform more consistently.

"For me, it’s been incredible to not only see the speed of the team’s reaction, but also the positive way that everyone has pulled together to make those changes. It’s been an incredible team effort."



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