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McLaren believes it will come back to fight

Whitmarsh and Button are confident that the team will recover from the last disappointing results and go after leaders Red Bull and the resurgent Ferrari.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011

July 19th (Andrés Rojas).- McLaren’s boss, Martin Whitmarsh, is confident that his team will turn around his latest “bad string” of results and come back to the fight.

Jenson Button’s victory in Canadian soil put everyone to think that the team was becoming a legitimate threat to dethrone Red Bull and complicate Vettel’s hunt for a consecutive championship, but the last two races have been disappointing.
None of its drivers have put a foot at the podium and Ferrari has now claimed the leadership to go after the Red Bulls with very solid and steady results.

Hamilton and Button are tied in fourth place with 109 points, 95 less than the leader Vettel. However, Hamilton has been able to score two decent and consecutive fourth places, which means that the team is not that far to truly content.
McLaren has also noticed that in spite of the ban on off-throttle exhaust blown diffusers, the car hasn’t had the necessary pace to fight Ferrari and much less Red Bull. This really calls for an adjustment and tweak of efforts if they want to be on the championship race.

"There has been a degree of uncertainty in recent weeks, with new restrictions placed on off-throttle exhaust blowing, and our entire team has demonstrated enormous passion and commitment as they come to terms with those challenges," he mentioned.

"We missed an opportunity for a podium finish at Silverstone, and that race was a reminder that while we are always pushing to make our car even more competitive, are rivals are doing likewise with their own machinery. "I'm optimistic that we can move forwards this weekend and be challenging at the front once again. This will be a Santander German Grand Prix to remember!"

Button said that the British GP was not as bad a race for McLaren as it semmed. "Perhaps we've lost a bit of the momentum we'd built up in previous races, but not much," he said. "Although Silverstone was disappointing, our pace has been good this year. Sometimes we've been quickest, sometimes we haven't."

"The arrival of DRS and KERS Hybrid has made the racing very unpredictable, and while that's challenging for us, it's great for the fans, and I think we're going to put on a really exciting show this weekend."

He revealed that the Nurburgring is on his list of circuits he wants to conquer, and he added: "There are a lot of heavy braking areas and if conditions are tricky, which they often are, you really have to get it right at every corner. The weather can change from moment to moment so you're always on your toes."

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