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.
Late-season double-header number two consists of the Indian and Abu Dhabi Grands Prix, before Texas and Brazil bring the curtain down on the 2012 campaign.
“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.”
For constructors’ honours, McLaren is now a sizeable 83 points behind Red Bull with 172 left on offer. The Woking team has now also dropped to third place behind Ferrari.
“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.