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McLaren trying to get back in form

The team says the three week break has helped to regroup to start anew in China.
Sunday, April 7, 2013

April 7th, 2013 (F1plus).- In a very cool looking manufacturing building located Woking, personnel are probably working very hard. Those employees are trying to improve performance or its main product: a car called MP4-28.

By now, it's clear we are talking about McLaren, the perennial title contender which is looking to get back at its game, not because they feel they would lead the championship right away, but rather because they don't want to fall too far behind.

It all started back in winter testing when the MP4-28 looked mostly competitive but it also showed signs of inconsistency. Some days Jenson Button and Sergio Perez were the fastest, and the very next day, just not and under similar conditions.

Pre-season testing does not work to gauge appropriately, but provides certain reference. Back then; it was Button who voiced that puzzling reality.

Now after two races a less than a handful of points, the team is wasting no time in assessing the issue but rather working extra hours to change that.

“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.” Said Martin Whitmarsh.

Team leader, Jenson Button, has a good understanding of the situation, an has visibly supported his team.

"Taking home two points from the first two races obviously wasn’t what we had in mind at the beginning of the year, but I think everybody in the team has picked themselves up and really attacked the task of addressing our car’s issues.

"We know where we’re losing performance, so I think we’re actually all looking forward to seeing just what we can achieve in Shanghai." Said Button.

“The important thing for us as a team is to go into the weekend with clear focus, hone our strengths across the sessions and increase our understanding of the car.

"I definitely think there’s everything to play for with this championship, and I can’t wait to get back into the cockpit to start the fight again.” A hopeful Button added.

The Mexican is also very aware of the situation, and shows confidence in his team’s good capacity to react.

“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.

"We know that we somewhat under-performed in Australia and Malaysia, but, Jenson and I nonetheless managed to score some points.

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