McLaren aims for new record in Abu Dhabi
29 October 2012 – The end of the 2012 F1 season is made up of three pairs of back-to-back races. Now heading towards the second part of Chapter 2, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, McLaren can set a new points-scoring record for the sport.
“In Abu Dhabi we’ll be seeking to establish a new benchmark,” begins Team Principal Martin Whitmarsh. “56 consecutive World Championship Grands Prix in the points. In fact, of course, we’ll be aiming to do a bit more than that.
“There are three Grands Prix still to run this season and you can be well sure that everyone at Vodafone McLaren Mercedes will be doing his or her level best to win as many of them as we possibly can.”
The last time McLaren failed to score points in a Grand Prix was in Abu Dhabi three years ago. On that occasion, Lewis Hamilton led from pole but retired with a broken gearbox on Lap 19, whereas Heikki Kovalainen finished in 11th position. Previously, Ferrari achieved a run of 55 straight points finishes between the Malaysian Grands Prix of 1999 and 2003; both cars retired at the next chaotic 2003 race, in Brazil.