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McLaren aiming to pick where they left off

The team looked better than in previous races at Germany and wants to keep the momentum going with both drivers, Button and Perez, finishing within the points.
Monday, July 22, 2013

July 22nd, 2013 (F1plus).- History sometimes plays a role when projecting results, but even though this time looks a bit brighter for McLaren, its six victories in the last eight chances at Hungaroring won’t mean much comes next Sunday.

Mechanical grip is very important in a circuit with slow corners and a dirty track, and McLaren will try to make the most of it, given the aerodynamic deficiencies of the MP4-28.

There are ‘emotional’ reasons for certain drivers to come to Hungary. Alonso won his first F1 race at Hungaroring in 2003, and Jenson Button did the same three years later.

“I won my first grand prix there back in 2006, which was incredibly emotional – and also feels such a long time ago now! – and I also won my 200th race there back in 2011. “ The Briton said.

Optimism is growing little by little, and hope for better results with an eventual podium finish seems to be on the air with the recent outings.

“Of course, a win in 2013 is going to be difficult, but I actually think the team is working very well right now: in Germany, our tyre-usage, strategy and management of the race was as good as it’s ever been.

“It would be good to have a car with a little more pace to enable those calls to have a bit more impact at the front of the pack, but, for the moment, we can be satisfied by doing the best possible job in qualifying and on Sunday afternoon.” Button concluded.

The difference in points from the British driver and his teammate Sergio Perez (33 to 16) might persuade many to think that such can be transported to performance, but that might be not necessarily the case, as the Mexican has shown his talent and fighting spirit, and in occasions luck has not be on his side.

Perez wants to change his racing history record at this circuit, and it seems McLaren might be in the upward trend to help to achieve just that.

“I haven't had the best results in my two previous outings at the Hungaroring, which is a shame because I enjoy the circuit, have usually qualified well there, and think the race is a great event for Formula 1.

“So, for this year, I’m going to Hungary with realistic ambitions: after a positive weekend at the Nürburgring, we’re focused on further improving and understanding MP4-28. I think the race in Germany showed that, when things come together, we’re able to be a force in the race, even if we can’t quite set the pace at the front. That is extremely motivating during a difficult year.” Perez said.
 

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