Formula One News » McLaren: Progress but plenty of work to do Posted on 25/03/2013
McLaren, who showed an improvement in form at the Malaysian grand prix accept their car has been improved but understand there is still plenty of work to do.
McLaren were running as high as 5th until a pit stop blunder cost Jenson Button the chance of better points.
Martin Whitmarsh said “Expectations are like a bow wave ahead of you,If you said to me on Thursday that we would be matching the pace of the frontrunners for much of the race, I might have been punching the air.
“But at the moment I don’t feel like that. We threw away a fifth place that we should have had – an easy one.
“It would either have prevented the Mercedes stopping again or we would have given them a hard time as well.
“We’ve made some progress this weekend, we have learned a bit about the car and, when I stand back and look a bit more objectively, I will probably feel a bit better about it.
“But right now I probably haven’t quite got the right frame of mind to be as positive as I should be.”
“I have already told them there is going to be [a push], so they had better starting inventing.
“We have made some progress, and we have to make some more.
“We know the car has not realised its potential but the drivers are doing an excellent job.
“We have to make a bit of progress. We should not be where we are, so we have to work hard and get out of it.”