McLaren were the last team to win a US Grand Prix at Indianapolis with Hamilton in 2007 season, following the five year US Grand Prix return to the Formula 1 world championship calendar with brand new Circuit of the Americas.
The Woking based team managing director Jonathan Neale says that the team now hard-working for opening race victory at Austin and they should prove to be something special again. And also he admits failure of the Abu Dhabi GP was very painful.
“The failure we had in Abu Dhabi was very painful,” Jonathan Neale told through the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes phone-in, having said that, we’ve just done 1,500 trouble-free kilometers with the same car at the [young driver] test last week. So yes, we are very mindful of the constructors’ championship, but we are still taking performance upgrades to this Grand Prix. We are not taking an overtly cautious approach, but we are going to be very diligent.”
“It’s always lovely to go to a new circuit but this one in particular looks like it’s been really well thought out,” he commented. “I’ve seen the simulations and definitely the height change in the circuit and the way that some of the corners have been set up with some blind apexes is going to make for some really exciting racing.
“The tightening set of curves [Turns 3, 4 and 5] – corners very similar to the Japanese circuit of Suzuka – look a real technical challenge, so I think it’s going to be an interesting one for the drivers to have to learn on Friday – and for the teams to balance their programme with that.”Neale said.
“I expect to see the usual suspects up the front,” added Neale. “Clearly it’s a very close-fought championship, and with some pretty tantalising battles up and down the grid, whether you’re in the midfield or at the rear and fighting for those very important Grand Prix places. But yes, we hope – and our desire is – to do really well and to win the race.”