'McLaren showing progress' – Whitmarsh
16 April 2013 – McLaren Team Principal Martin Whitmarsh reckons his team is now back on the right development path, with the Woking-based outfit recording its best result of the season at last weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix.
Jenson Button’s eventual fifth-place finish at the Shanghai circuit capped a solid performance for the squad, with the Briton able to keep in touch with championship leader Sebastian Vettel in the early stages of the race, and Whitmarsh was able to draw confidence from the gradual improvement in pace observed during the opening three flyaways.
"While the first three races haven’t been the easiest for us, there’s been a little progress at every round, and we’ll be looking for another improved showing, as well as the opportunity to increase our understanding of MP4-28, in Bahrain this weekend," Whitmarsh commented ahead of forthcoming race in the Gulf State.
"The work that goes on at the track is only the tip of the iceberg, though. There's been an incredible amount of effort expended back at the McLaren Technology Centre so as to ensure that the delivery of new parts, and the evaluation of fresh ideas, remain constant. The development trend is in the right direction."
McLaren approaches the Bahrain weekend fifth in the Constructors’ Championship, level on points with Force India and 64 behind current leaders Red Bull.