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McLaren eager to get to Abu Dhabi

Last weekend 5th place finish by Perez and overall performance came to bring some joy to a team that has struggled the entire season.
Thursday, October 31, 2013

October 31st, 2013 (F1plus).- At some point during the season -until de Hungarian GP- the team from Working was sitting 6th in the championship, behind Force India.

After that point, little by little McLaren improved while its immediate challenger declined to the point of loosing its position and now a 25-point margin separates them.

Last race, Force India earned psychological valuable results through a double point finish, just as McLaren did through Perez crossing the chequered flag in 5th.

Even for Jenson Button who finished out of the points, the real positive was the good pace.

“Although the race didn’t come together for me, our overall speed and consistency were the strongest they’ve been all season, and, as always, the race team delivered on all fronts to ensure that, strategically and logistically, we lost nothing to our rivals.

As such, the Briton hopes to extend and increased the team’s fortunes at Yas Marina Circuit.

“We’ll certainly be taking that momentum into Abu Dhabi this weekend. While it’s a very different type of track – the final sector is much more stop-start and reliant on a strong mechanical balance.

“I’ve always enjoyed racing around the Yas Marina circuit and I think we can once again score points to consolidate our position in the constructors’ world championship.” The 2009 Champions said.

Sergio Perez forecast before the race was that he felt a good result was coming, maybe the best of the season. It just happened like that.

“I think that the Indian Grand Prix was my strongest performance of the season so far, and a good example of what I feel I’m capable of when I have a solid car beneath me, and the opportunity to push and press my opponents.

“You won’t be surprised to hear that I’ll be aiming to carry that momentum over into the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

“The Yas Marina circuit is one of the most impressive and sophisticated racetracks in the world – the first two sectors, which are a series of high-speed sweeps and hard stops, are great fun to drive, while the final sector is a little trickier, because although it’s much slower it requires great precision. Getting the set-up right around here is always a compromise, also.
The Mexican will try to maximize every single opportunity to show his worth in and secure his seat with McLaren for the 2014 season and beyond.

“After several races of poor luck, it was great to reverse that trend in India. Now, of course, I’ll be looking for another strong finish to carry me into my ‘home’ race in Austin, Texas, next month. I would love to be able to give my ‘home’ fans something extra to cheer about!” Perez said.

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