McLaren expectant of turn in fortunes
22 October 2012 – McLaren scored just a single point last time out in Korea, although Martin Whitmarsh and both drivers are now eager for an upturn as Formula 1 heads into its second pair of three double-header weekends which make up the final six races.
“Through no fault of my own, my weekend in Korea was a wasted opportunity,” says Jenson Button, who was taken out by Kamui Kobayashi’s Sauber. “It’s already far behind me and I’m really looking forward to these next two back-to-back races.”
With Button having ruled out his title chances, Lewis Hamilton sits fourth in the Drivers’ Championship and 62 points in arrears of Sebastian Vettel.
“I didn’t have a particularly tidy weekend there last year,” the 2008 Champion says of India, having collided with Felipe Massa in 2011. “But I feel I’ve been driving better than ever recently – even if the results haven’t quite shown it – so I’m headed to India determined for another good result. I think we’ll have a car that’s a match for the circuit and I can’t wait to get out there and start practicing on Friday.”
“Of course, luck flows both ways and I’m positive that, after two disappointing races, this next double-header will be a more profitable affair for Jenson, Lewis and the whole team,” Team Principal Whitmarsh says on Monday.
Last year, the inaugural Indian race was dominated by Vettel who enjoyed a clean sweep of pole position, fastest lap and the Grand Prix victory.