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8 March 2013

McLaren Aiming for Points, Not Wins

The McLaren F1 Team have downplayed their chance of victory in the opening round of the Formula 1 2013 championship.

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Martin Whitmarsh, Team Principal, has said that points will be enough for the Woking based team in Melbourne. The MP4-28 is a revolutionary car with plenty of risk being added, in contrast to that of Red Bull or Ferrari who have evolutionary machines.

This will mean McLaren may find it harder to succeed off the mark as it will take more time to understand and develop the car, but could pay off later in the year.

Whitmarsh told Autosport "It's important to remember that our MP4-28 is a new and uncompromising design that we intend to develop aggressively throughout the year,"

"Undoubtedly, it has great potential - and we fly to Melbourne determined to show well and to score points that should establish us in good stead for both the drivers and the constructors world championships.

"We're still working tirelessly to bring more pace to the MP4-28's performance envelope, and I believe we'll arrive in Australian in decent shape."

He did admit though that the last few weeks had been "challenging" due to wet test conditions and difficulties with the Pirelli tyres. 

Experienced racer Jenson Button and Mexico's Sergio Perez will drive for the world renowned team in 2013. 

Button admitted that the running order was still unknown, and that those who experienced issues at the three winter tests will not necessarily be out of the running.

He said "One of the most fascinating things about Formula 1 is the way it resets itself each and every winter," 

"I've seen every side of that: you can have a terrible winter of testing, then turn up at the first race and be competitive; equally, you can look impressive in winter testing and be nowhere in Melbourne.

This year, I don't think any team really knows or understands the competitive order. But that's part of the game."

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