Michael: Gradually moving forward

Thursday 6th June 2013

 RSS

Share:

Michael: Gradually moving forward

Michael: Gradually moving forward

McLaren sporting director Sam Michael admits his team will struggle to add another Canadian GP victory to their tally this weekend.

Although McLaren are tied with Ferrari on the leading number of Canadian GP wins, 13, the team are by no means the favourites to win this weekend.

Despite massive efforts from everyone at Woking and small signs of improvement, McLaren are still lagging behind their rivals in terms of pace.

With just 37 points in six races, they are also far behind Red Bull Racing's 164 points in the Constructors' Championship.

And Michael concedes there is little chance of closing the gap in Montreal this weekend.

"Montreal is a track that's been quite good for McLaren over the years and we've got some more things to investigate and try," he said during a Vodafone phone-in.

"I would say that they're parts we're putting on the car to investigate different things rather than a comprehensive update - I would describe it as small steps in the right direction.

"The last few small steps we've put on the car have worked and, as long as we keep doing that, we'll gradually keep moving towards the front.

"We're developing the car, the car is getting better - not as fast as what we'd hope and not returning to form as quickly as we'd like - but the performance is still going in the right direction."

He added: "The most important thing when you're sort of at the bottom of the trough and trying to work your way out of it again - which we definitely are - is to make sure you keep seeing progress

"As long as we keep progressing and keep getting faster and keep competing with the teams that are at the front, then that's what we want to see. That's what is important."

Paddy Power has Jenson Button at 50/1 to win Sunday's Canadia Grand Prix.

Gallery: Race Day In Hungary

Editor's Picks

Winners & Losers: Germany

Winners & Losers: Germany

Not the best result, but Daniel Ricciardo drove the finest race of his F1 career on a storming afternoon at Hockenheim...

Ferrari Must Cut Kimi Losses

Ferrari Must Cut Kimi Losses

There appears to be a sense of déjà vu for Ferrari since the return of Kimi Raikkonen, and perhaps it's time for the team to cut their losses...

Team-Mate Wars: British GP

Team-Mate Wars: British GP

Daniil Kvyat is bossing his more experienced team-mate, unlike Kevin Magnussen. Fernando Alonso still has the biggest margin...

PlanetF1 Fantasy League

PlanetF1 Fantasy League

The season may be underway but you can still enter the PlanetF1 Fantasy League and win prizes on a race-by-race basis...