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McLaren expect DRS to deliver electrifying racing for Singapore GP

Sept.18 – Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team Principal Martin Whitmarsh says that he expects the Drag Reduction System (DRS) to deliver some “truly electrifying racing” at the Singapore GP.

The Marina Bay street night race has gives more overtaking chances due to wide part of track and long straights. Whitmarsh said that he was confident by the speed shown by the McLaren, and that the DRS should see more overtaking throughout the race. The last two races Jenson Button wins to third in Belgium and second in Italy.

“We go to Singapore feeling very encouraged about our performance potential,” Whitmarsh said. “I also think we’re set to continue the trend we’ve witnessed so far this season, with DRS enlivening races that hitherto would have been somewhat processional.
At Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, the reality is that we’re fortunate enough to have two drivers who are never satisfied to merely sit behind another car; but the addition of DRS means that we should expect some truly electrifying racing this weekend. The track is wide enough to support close and exciting wheel-to-wheel racing and I sincerely hope that’s what we see this weekend.

“In just a few years, the Singapore Grand Prix has become a classic Formula 1 event – the circuit and facilities are truly world-class and the setting and atmosphere of the race make it one of the jewels of the calendar. If circuits like Spa, Silverstone, Monza and Monaco represent the epitome of classic Formula 1, then a circuit such as Marina Bay has, I think, quickly established itself as one of the sport’s modern wonders and greatest success stories.”


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