McLaren to apply responsive car upgrades
9 April 2013 – McLaren is bringing a selection of car upgrades to this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix as it bids to recover from a trying start to the season, with Jenson Button and Sergio Pérez sharing a points haul of just four points from the first two races.
Having shown signs of improvement between Australia and Malaysia, Managing Director Jonathan Neale has stated that in addition to routine development updates, parts in direct response to the issues with its MP4-28 will be taken to Shanghai.
"We managed to improve the car between Australia and Malaysia, we were closer on the pace there. Taking the learning from that weekend we're taking a number of upgrades to China," Neale said during a Vodafone McLaren Mercedes phone-in. "Some are part of our routine upgrade package and some are in response to what we're trying to do at the moment.
"I think we've got a lot of work to do on Friday as we learn more about the car and learn what, if any of the upgrades that we've taken, works. So it will be a very busy day for Sergio and Jenson."
Neale went on to explain that the team is confident of where its key performance issues lie and believes the MP4-28 is ‘a very good package’ waiting to be unlocked.
"I believe that we know where the problems are on the car, but in order to be absolutely sure of that we need to have run the package that we're going to run in China," Neale commented. "So the work on Friday is a very key element to it.
"As always with cars there is no one thing or no one magic bullet, there are a number of things that will restore the performance of the car. We believe that we've got a very good underlying package, but it's clearly not the performance that we predicted."
After the opening two races, McLaren sits seventh in the Constructors' standings on a total of four points, 62 adrift of leaders and reigning World Champions Red Bull.