McLaren upgraded MP4-27 for German Grand Prix and they are expecting new upgrades will help better performance in this weekend.
McLaren team Principal Martin Whitmarsh says that new upgraded area is reasonably noticeable, specially the sidepods from the front to rear are quite different.
Last two grand prix’s at Valencia and Silverstone McLaren guys struggled too and they are scored just nine points in both race and dropped fourth in constructor’s championship.
“The sidepods from the front to rear are quite different so you’ll notice those,” Whitmarsh said during a Vodafone phone-in.
“There are other bits and pieces that the sharper eyes will see and clearly there are some parts that are transparent to the naked eye so that is the main area of modification and it’s reasonably noticeable.”
Whitmarsh also added that 2012 Pirelli rubber properly is proving to be a “substantial challenge” for his McLaren team and its rivals.
“Formula 1 changes very quickly and your fortunes can change from being very strong in Canada, which we clearly were, to a disappointing couple of last races,”
“I think they were unusual. Silverstone was an unusual weekend. But our thrust is always to be developing the car, we’ve got quite a lot of new components and some quite noticeable ones on the car that we will have in Germany.
“For everyone, not just McLaren, trying to understand and exploit the tyres correctly is proving quite a substantial challenge, so I think keeping ourselves focused, seeking to eliminate mistakes, improving the performance of the car, understanding the tyres, seeing if we can exploit them better are all top of our to do list.”Hockenheimring
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