Vodafone McLaren Mercedes seeks a reboot to its 2013 Formula 1 season starting next week at China.
Team principal Martin Whitmarsh, stating the obvious, said the first two races of the season “fell below the high standards we’ve come to expect.” Still, with the break since Malaysia, Whitmarsh is optimistic the team has made the necessary car improvements to move higher up the grid.
“However, the three-week break between rounds two and three has been a useful one; we have been fully engaged in further developing our understanding of the MP4-28 and are confident of being able to implement a number of changes this weekend that will widen its operating window and, potentially, improve its performance,” Whitmarsh told Autosport.
Jenson Button has already said a championship charge is still possible despite the lackluster start, given he nearly scored a podium in Malaysia despite the car’s deficiencies.
“In a funny way, the Chinese Grand Prix almost feels like something of a reboot of the start of my season,” he said.
Both Button and Sergio Perez have a best finish of ninth in two races.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.
Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.
“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”
Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.
Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.
Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.