Formula One News » McLaren believe they understand problems with their car Posted on 09/04/2013
Team managing director Jonathan Neale believe McLaren know where the problems are with their car but acknowledges there is no immediate quick fix.
Speaking at a Vodafone phone-in Neale said “I believe we do know where the problems are on the car, we managed to improve the car between Australia and Malaysia, and we were closer on the pace there.
“Taking the learning from that weekend, we’re taking a number of upgrades to China. Some are routine, some are a response to the moment.
“We need to run the package we have in China in order to be absolutely sure [about progress], so Friday is a very key element. I certainly believe we are on the right track now; we have an idea where the problems are.
“After the Chinese Grand Prix I think we will have more answers, We believe that we have underlying a very good package. Clearly it is not a performance we expected, but it’s a long season as everyone knows,”
“We’ve seen in previous years the car that wasn’t on pole [at the start] can fight it out right to the end, and everything we are doing here is designed first of all to make us back into winning form.
“If we can get on that quickly – and there is no reason why we can’t – we can fight for the championship. We are not under any illusions about the amount of work we need to do to get the pace back into the car.
“There is no one thing, no magic bullet; there are a number of things that will restore the performance of the car. Obviously it’s not an ideal start, we can’t shy away from that, but I believe in this team and this car.”