Paffett: McLaren closing in on Red Bull
26 April 2011 – McLaren reserve driver Gary Paffett is confident that the Woking team can match the raw pace of Red Bull this season. So far, the reigning Champions have been untouchable in the fight for pole position, with Sebastian Vettel having taken the top spot in Shanghai by seven tenths of a second.
“It’s a good question,” Paffett told GPUpdate.net when asked how McLaren will reduce the lap time deficit.
“It’s just general development now. We’ve made the big step to where we are now from where we were – we were quite a long way behind and we’ve made a big step forward. Now it’s a case of chipping away at it, trying to make some more improvements.
“We’ve shown, certainly in 2009, the rate of improvement that we can get during the year in comparison with other people; I think we’re very good at that as a team, improving the car during the season. So hopefully we can just start chipping away.
“As I say, the exhaust and floor package which we introduced in Melbourne was last minute - it was the first time it had run on the car and was far from being refined. So we, and everyone else I guess, have got a lot of work around that area to try and maximise that. There are updates coming and hopefully they can deliver and get us closer to the qualifying pace of the Red Bulls.”
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Interview with McLaren's Gary Paffett
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