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Martin Whitmarsh: & # 34; Writing off McLaren would be unwise & # 34;

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McLaren team manager Martin Whitmarsh
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M cLaren has a lot of ground on both of them in the last races Red Bull drivers and Ferrari competitor Fernando Alonso lost. Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button meanwhile separate 28 and 32 points from the top of the World Cup. Now the team from Woking is hoping for the big turning point in Korea.

Whitmarsh promises tough battle

The team already presented a completely overhauled rear end with a new F-shaft and modified rear wing in Japan. Further updates are to follow in Korea: 'We will continue our aggressive development program in Korea,' said McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh. 'While it's important to score consistently in every race, we also have an obligation to win. We won't give up without a fight,' warned the Briton.

Whitmarsh hopes the experience of his pilots becomes a trump card in the championship final spurt. 'Both drivers have already won world titles. They know the problems in this situation and both have learned to perform at their best under pressure. They are ready for this fight. It would be unwise to write off McLaren.'

Lewis Hamilton : 'Korea is a driver's track'

The drivers themselves are already looking forward to the challenges of the new track in Korea. Hamilton and Button have already completed the first few laps on the course - in the simulator in Woking. 'My first impressions are very positive,' reports Hamilton. 'On paper, the track should suit our car well. In the first sector, top speed and good braking stability are important. Both are strengths of our car.'

After the long straights at the beginning of the Round it gets more curvy. Hamilton hopes to make up for the gap to Red Bull through personal commitment: 'The middle sector is fast and fluid. It needs good balance and downforce. Courage is rewarded here. It feels like it could be a good driver's route.'

Jenson Button relies on technology updates

Jenson Button is also traveling confidently to the Grand Prix premiere in Korea. 'It's always exciting to come to a new track for the first time,' said the world champion. Button places his hopes primarily in the new technology. 'We have once again improved the parts that we tested in Suzuka. We always go to the limit with our upgrades. But I am optimistic that we can also use the new parts in the race.'

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