June 21st, 2013 (F1plus).- It’s been said and covered many times, but it is also true that to start an article about McLaren without making mention to its awful season and its struggles with the MP4-28 would be wrong.
Certainly that is the case. McLaren has had a hard time this year; upgrades and tweaks had been implemented, but the true remains; the 2013 car, the MP4-28, is incapable of delivering the speed to threaten at least for podiums finishes.
It’s been harder at times to even fight for race points. McLaren had a run of 64 GPs earning at least a point, a streak that was cut in Montreal.
To make matters worse, Force India now sits fifth in constructors standings table, just above the Woking based team.
Now, this is one of the successful teams in Formula 1, and one that belongs to the top tier selected group. So, let’s just say that this is an atypical bad year and that eventually they will come out of it.
Even with such a run of poor results and performance, McLaren drivers still manage to show optimism and eagerness for the next race, which marks the start of the second and longer stint of European races.
Jenson Button will be at “home” next weekend at Silverstone, and he certainly shows excitement for it.
“It’s just unique: to race on the same track as Fangio, Clark, Stewart and Senna is cool, and you always feel the echoes of the past when you arrive at the circuit for the first time.
“One of the most amazing things at Silverstone has been the level of support I’ve seen every single year. From the garage, on the slow-down lap, on the drivers’ parade, or just on the way to the paddock in the morning, you see the fans cheering you on. Silverstone really reverberates to fan-power.” Said Button.
The Britton looks to pass the page and leave behind the awful experience of Montreal. He believes the European tracks will render “a more representative reflection of where we are as a team” for which he is “optimistic that we’ll fare better.” He added.
Like his teammate, Sergio Perez thinks can only improve while admitting the bad taste the Canadian visit left.
“After a tough weekend in Canada, we’ll be looking for a stronger showing in front of the team’s home fans. We are steadily making progress – I’m hopeful of a better showing next weekend.” He said.
Perez will be for first time representing the ‘home team’, which is enough of a good reason to project enthusiasm.
“Like McLaren, Silverstone is a place with an incredible amount of history – it’s cool that you can look at old black-and-white photos of the British Grand Prix and still clearly recognize corners like Copse and Stowe, and the Hangar Straight. Formula 1 World Championship.” Perez Added.
“I like Silverstone, and I usually go well there: I had a good race in 2011, when I finished seventh, and I feel confident I could have had a points finish last year until I had an accident with Pastor [Maldonado].” He concluded.