Dominance order will not change in 2013 F1 – McLaren

McLaren’s sporting director Sam Michael believes that, in 2013 Formula 1 season McLaren, Red Bull and Ferrari will stay the battle for the crown at the front.

McLaren the only team matched the champions Red Bull’s pace in this season, Lewis Hamilton took four victories and his team-mate Jenson Button set three top podiums. But the technical problem and unlucky moments trapped their championship opportunity.

Michael also added that mid-runners Lotus, Mercedes and Force India could come back stronger in next season. And he admits that hard to predict who will be competitive in 2013, moreover believe McLaren will be able to produce a competitive car.

“They [the midfield] will close up a little bit. I don’t think there’ll be any massive shake-up on the grid though, we’ll be in the normal situation at the front with McLaren, Ferrari and Red Bull. Then the rest of them I can’t predict.” Michael said.

“The great thing about Formula 1 is that someone could always go out and do a stonking car, have a good driver in there and be part of the action,” The 41-year-old added.

“You’ve got to say Lotus are looking very good. You’ve got to expect Force India to return strong next year. And Mercedes, of course.”

“There’s no point in me listing teams because I don’t know what they’re doing,” he said.

“All I can say is what we’re doing. We know what we’re up to and I know that should be good enough to produce a competitive car.


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