McLaren are highly optimistic that they will have a good result at the Chinese Grand Prix. The team principal, Martin Whitmarsh, has said that he is extremely confident of further progress from the team, and he would be disappointed if it does not happen. McLaren had a poor start to the season in the first two races of the campaign. Even though they were in with a shout to win the Malaysian Grand Prix, a poor pitstop for the Brit, Jenson Button, ruined his chances to win the race.
Whitmarsh has said that the team has managed to collect a lot of data from the first two races of the campaign, which will help them make progress at the Chinese Grand Prix. He has also confirmed that the team has been making several experiments over the last few weeks in order to extract even more performance from the car. After losing the former world champion Lewis Hamilton to Mercedes, McLaren rely on the experience from Jenson Button in order to make the car fast.
McLaren said after the Australian Grand Prix that the bumpy nature of the Melbourne circuit was one of the reasons for their inability to show their pace. Whitmarsh expects McLaren to take advantage of the modern race tracks at China and Bahrain in the upcoming races.
“We’ve got some good data and I think we’ve now got an opportunity to go out there and improve upon it. We know what we had [in Malaysia] isn’t optimal for various reasons. We did some experiments, it responded to those experiments and I would be very disappointed if we don’t take another step in China and that’s what we’re going to do. Yeah, but we’ve got to get better; a good race car has got to be good on bumps or any kind of a circuit so we’ve just got to improve the car,” said Whitmarsh.