July.20 – The McLaren F1 team ready to fight with Red Bull Racing and the blown diffuser policy will allocate it to once more lead the fight against constructor’s leader on the weekend.
Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team Managing Director Jonathan Neale said the modify of policy at Silverstone had hit the Woking based team harder than either Red Bull or Ferrari, but secured his team would once more be in contention at the Nurburgring.
“When you look at Silverstone, the impact of the engine regulations and rules cost us more than both Ferrari and Red Bull – and that is a matter of fact, not opinion,” Neale declared during a Vodafone phone-in on Wednesday. We probably went backwards relative to them by about 0.7 seconds, that’s why we found ourselves dropping back. Up until then, we were the only ones putting up a creditable fight against Red Bull, having both drivers winning races.
“We’re not by any means being complacent about the progress that Ferrari has made, or the development of Red Bull, but our job is to beat both of them and that’s what we’re going to do.”
Jonathan Neale claim McLaren could overhaul its existing points shortage to Red Bull – Hamilton sits 95 points at the back Vettel in the drivers’ standings, while McLaren lies 110 points adrift in the constructors’ – but admitted the team would have to be aggressive and take risks to do so.
“F1 isn’t something you can play safe in, it’s about taking risks and getting the balance right,” he said. “Clearly when you are coming from behind, as we and Ferrari are, then you have to work very hard at that. In terms of car development, it means that we have to push very hard to close the gap. It is about taking risks. Obviously in the latter part (of Silverstone) Fernando was able to show what he was able to do and the underlying pace of the Red Bull showed itself again. We’re mindful of that, not at all complacent, but we’re not too petrified.”
Jonathan Neale said that McLaren would keep on devoting all its efforts into improving the existing car and catching Red Bull, saying: “This organisation exists to win races, and while it is mathematically possible to win the championship, it’s possible.
“Even if it isn’t, that’s not to say we won’t try and win races – its good for us, our drivers and it’s what we’re about. We’re not going to make it easy for Red Bull, put it that way.”
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