McLaren team Principal Martin Whitmarsh says that the car is not quick enough at the moment and also the team need big improvement.
The season’s first two rounds McLaren showed poor performance, in third race at China Jenson Button finished fifth and in fourth round at Bahrain Sergio Perez took sixth.
During the Bahrain Grand Prix race the McLaren duo aggressively performed, but Whitmarsh says that it was still not good enough.
“It was a little bit stronger but we are still not there, yes, we’ve made a little bit of progress but we shouldn’t get carried away. Our drivers did a great job of racing [in Bahrain] and the team did a reasonable job but the car is not quick enough at the moment. We’ve made some progress but we need to make a lot more.” Martin Whitmarsh told espnf1.
“I wouldn’t say so [that the hotter conditions helped], no. Certainly Jenson wouldn’t say that, he was struggling with his tyres. With Jenson I was a little bit surprised, but sometimes you just get a set of tyres and they just don’t [work as expected].
“After that second stop, from fairly early on, he felt he had thermal degradation and he was struggling. To be honest, that was when Sergio came up behind and he felt he was stronger and quicker at that moment and they raced and that’s what we pay them to do.”
“It’s a big positive, undoubtedly. He’s joined McLaren and been, arguably, out-thought, out-raced by Jenson, who’s done a great job. People want to get on his back about that and he’s a McLaren driver and he’s going to have some pressure.”
“I think it was an exciting race, he overstepped the mark when he hit Jenson from behind, but apart from that it was robust and tough and he fought his way to sixth place. It’s got to be good for him and I’m delighted for him. We’ve had a bit of a chat about some of it, but I think he’ll come out of it stronger.”