McLaren aiming only for 'consolidation'
27 September 2013 – Martin Whitmarsh has conceded that McLaren will only be able to ‘consolidate’ their position in the Constructors’ Championship, and that top ten finishes - rather than podiums - are the realistic aim as the season comes to a close.
Ahead of the Korean Grand Prix, the Woking-based squad has yet to visit the rostrum in 2013, and is locked in a battle with Force India for fifth place in the points standings. With most resources now solely focussed on 2014, Whitmarsh is looking forward to seeing the back of a disappointing campaign.
"For Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, we go into these final races with the very clear intention of consolidating our position in the constructors’ championship," he said. "While improving our position sadly looks impossible, it’s important to consistently achieve top-10 finishes with both drivers in order to strengthen our points cushion over our closest rivals behind. We achieved that in Singapore and will be looking for similar performances from now until the end of the season.
"That may not be a particularly glamorous task for a team that enjoys winning, but it nonetheless calls for constant application, focus and commitment as we count down the remaining races during this important phase of the season," he concluded.
McLaren are currently 14 points ahead of Force India, sitting on a total of 76.