We are a work in progress: Whitmarsh

Are McLaren struggling with life without Lewis Hamilton? We wouldn’t know for sure or McLaren are going through probably one of their most horrible starts to a Formula One season.

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Published: Sat 20 Apr 2013, 12:43 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 11:56 AM

The famed Woking outfit, with a chequered history, have been top notch in the pinnacle of motorsport. But they have dropped a couple of notches at the start to this season.

As we go into the fourth round of the FIA Formula One World Championship — the Formula One Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix this weekend, McLaren and their drivers — Jenson Button and new signing Sergio Perez ‘Checo’ have been made to look below average because of an under performing car — the MP4-28.

McLaren are fifth in the Constructors’ Championship at the moment. As far as their drivers go, Button is eighth, while Checo is way down in 14th in the Drivers’ Championship.

But team principal Martin Whitmarsh said that they have made progress over the three rounds and hopes of an improving showing this weekend. Button had finished fifth in Shanghai last weekend. “While the first three races haven’t been the easiest for us, there’s been a little progress at every round, and we’ll be looking for another improved showing, as well as the opportunity to increase our understanding of MP4-28, in Bahrain this weekend,” said Whitmarsh.

Whitmarsh said that they would be trying to build on what they achieved in China. “Bahrain marks the end of the opening fly-away leg of the 2013 world championship. That being the case, following on in quick succession from last weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix, we’ll look to consolidate our achievements in Shanghai with further solid points finishes this weekend,” he added.

He said that they had put their entire taskforce back 
in Woking, on the job, to bring the team back to where they belong.

“The work that goes on at the track is only the tip of the iceberg, though. There’s been an incredible amount of effort expended back at the McLaren Technology Centre 
[Woking, UK], so as to ensure that the delivery of new parts, and the evaluation of fresh ideas, remain constant,” Whitmarsh said.

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