Vodafone McLaren Mercedes reserve and test driver Gary Paffett says that McLaren will be proficient of 2012 Australian GP victory. McLaren was finished second on the last two season behind the Red Bull Racing. McLaren stated that a good start off to 2012 F1 will be crucial, and Paffett told GPUpdate.net that the 2012 McLaren has been making good development but admitted he was being careful following the troubles of the 2011 F1.
“It’s always very difficult to say because we set ourselves targets to meet; but you can hit those targets and then get to the first test and be nowhere,” Paffett said.
“So we are pretty happy with how things are going, the progress has been good and we have obviously had the car in the simulator in various stages for many months now; we’ve got a pretty good representation of what it is going to be like and it feels good.”
“So I think at the moment we are pretty happy, pretty positive and just waiting to get the car on-track to see where we are and where we can go forward. There is a lot of development still to be done but we are getting close to our first race package now, and then there are obviously the big updates for the European races – but it’s all going well, I would say.”
“Yes, absolutely. I don’t see why not. We had a competitive car for pretty much all of 2011. Red Bull definitely had the pace over us for the majority of the season but, all the way up to the end of the season, we were pushing them very hard. So our plan is certainly to go out there and challenge for a race win in Melbourne.”
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