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Whitmarsh: McLaren good enough at the moment to fight for title



Mixed feeling after the German Grand Prix at McLaren campaign, Jenson Button took second place on the podium start from six on the grid, however his team-mate Lewis Hamilton can’t finish race due to his car’s technical issue and also he was struggled with puncture in second lap of the race.

But McLaren still confident that they are able challenge 2012 world title. Because McLaren clearly fastest in dry place, it was proved by Button in Sunday race. McLaren team Principal Martin Whitmarsh says that car is strong enough at the moment to fight for the 2012 world championship.

McLaren duo Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button 62 and 86 points behind the drivers’ championship leader Fernando Alonso. And also 70 points behind the Construction leader Red Bull Racing, still ten races remaining in this season for decides quickest man of the world.

“It is good enough at the moment,” said Whitmarsh when asked if the car is now strong enough to fight for the championship. “But it won’t be [if we don’t keep developing it] because we have half-a-season to go.

“Both of our drivers are capable of winning races and this year’s world championship. The onus is on us to keep developing. We have a reasonable amount of momentum in the system at the moment. From what I have seen, that was the opinion of our engineers.”

“Fernando is doing a great job and so is Ferrari but we are fighters so there will be some great races [to come] and we need to maximize our points,” Whitmarsh added.

“He is a really strong competitor. In Germany, we could catch him and hurt our tyres, but we couldn’t get past him. We were a reasonable amount quicker, but if you put someone like Fernando at the front of a race then you are going to have difficulty getting past him.

McLaren team Principal admitted that McLaren’s need of performance on wet condition in qualifying.

“It was just about temperature,” said Whitmarsh. “The irony is that we came from Silverstone, where we were reasonable in the dry and pretty good on the wets but a disaster on the intermediates. Here, we were quick in the dry and the intermediates, but we didn’t have it on the wets.

“These tyres have a small operating window and if you get into that, it is great. We are still learning [how to do that].”

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