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Motorsport | Formula 1

Martin Whitmarsh © Gallo Images

McLaren targets remaining races



Following Jenson Button's dominant win in Japan, McLaren feels it has a car capable of winning this year's remaining four races.

Button scored the team's fifth victory of the season at Suzuka, showing that the dominant Red Bull team was not unbeatable.

“I think we’ve felt for the last few races we’ve got a race car we can win races with,” said Whitmarsh on the ITV web site. “That’s what we’ve been saying for these last five races, they’re all winnable, and we’d like to win them. We’re in that interesting situation where the [drivers’] championship [is over]; there’s a good fight in the drivers’ championship for second place now. That doesn’t inspire many of us, but I think we’ve got to concentrate on that. The constructors’ [championship] looks reasonably settled in terms of the top four places, so I think it’s now about winning races and we will concentrate on that. We like winning races and this is our fifth this year, if we win the next four then we’ll consider it a half-respectable season.”

The MP4-26 featured a new rear wing for Suzuka, but further development is unlikely now that McLaren is already heavily focussed on next year's car.

“There’s very limited development we’re going to be doing on this year’s car now, we’re concentrating on next year," said Whitmarsh. "That’s the programme that’s going on at Woking. We in the field just want to win races. If your car’s quick enough at the beginning of next year you’ll win races, if it’s not you’ll struggle, and we’ve got to make sure we are quick enough at the start of the year.”

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