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Neale: McLaren will return to winning ways

Tuesday 23rd July 2013

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Neale: McLaren will return to winning ways

Neale: McLaren will return to winning ways

The 2013 season has been "very painful" for McLaren, but managing director Jonathan Neale has vowed they "will be back".

Unlike most teams who opted to "upgrade" their 2012 cars, McLaren decided for a radical 2013 challenger and it has cost them dearly.

Instead of fighting for race wins in the first half of the season, Jenson Button and Sergio Perez have found themselves battling in the midfield. The team are currently sixth in the Constructors' Championship, behind Force India.

Although disappointed with how things have panned out so far this season, Neale urged the team not to hit the panic button and "move on".

"Formula One is one of those sports where you are punished if you are off the pace," he is quoted as saying by The Sun. "Coming to do that in front of hundreds of millions of people every fortnight is very focussing. We've managed to achieve some things in terms of reliability, operational consistency and stuff.

"But the on-track delivery is just not competitive at the moment and that's very painful. We're working very hard to try and do something about that and make sure we don't repeat the mistakes going into next season.

"We've got to look long-term. McLaren have been around for 50 years, we've got 182 race wins. We will be back, we will be winning.

"There's nothing to be complacent about but there's nothing to panic about. We made some mistakes, we've got to get over it, we've got to move on."

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