Whitmarsh: McLaren making slow and steady progress


McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh believes that the team is making steady progress throughout the year despite failing to live up to the pre-season expectations in 2013 so far.

The team currently lies 6th in the constructors’ championship, lagging behind closest-rivals Force India and trailing Red Bull by over 200 points after just nine races. Regardless, Whitmarsh is pleased with the progress being made at Woking.

Speaking to Press Association, Whitmarsh said: “Obviously I’m not doing handstands or anything like that. We are still not where we expect to be or want to be, but at least it [German GP result] was a step in the right direction.”

At the Nurburgring, the team scored its first points since Monaco with Jenson Button and Sergio Perez recording strong finishes in P6 and P8 respectively. However, Whitmarsh is confident that this was not brought about by the subtle changes made to the tire constructions last time out.

“I don’t think there has been a change of the pecking order as a consequence of what we saw in Germany. For us, there are no secrets here, we have to continue to try to develop the car, understand it. We’ve made a little bit of progress, but frankly not as much as we would like.”

Whitmarsh confirmed a few weeks ago that the team was switching its focus to the 2014 car, albeit continuing to develop the 2013 MP4-28 in order to try and secure at least one win. Otherwise, this would be the first time in seven years that McLaren has failed to win a race across the course of a season.