Whitmarsh hoping Hockenheim updates pay off
19 July 2012 – McLaren is taking numerous upgrades to Germany in an attempt to reel in their closest rivals atop the World Championship. The Woking team began 2012 with the fastest car, locking out the front row of the grid in both Australia and Malaysia, but has now scored just nine points from a possible 86 at the last two events.
“As you know, Formula 1 changes very quickly,” Team Principal Martin Whitmarsh said during this weekend’s Vodafone Phone-In. “Your fortunes can change from being very strong in Canada, which we clearly were, to a disappointing last couple of races.
“I think Silverstone was an unusual weekend. Our focus is always to keep developing the car. We will have quite a lot of quite noticeable updates on the car in Germany.I
" think for everyone, not just McLaren, trying to understand how to work the tyres correctly is quite a substantial challenge.”
Heading to Hockenheim, which will signal the halfway stage of the 2012 campaign, McLaren sits fourth in the Constructors’ Championship; 74 points ahead are leaders Red Bull, who seized the advantage after winning the Bahrain Grand Prix.