McLaren: We've learned from our mistakes

Wednesday 10-July-2013 10:39

McLaren hopes the decision to switch its technical focus to next year's challenger will pay dividends in 2014.

The Woking-based outfit has admitted to making mistakes with its current car, which has led to a highly disappointing season so far due to the MP4-28's lack of current pace.

They appear to have written off any chance of a dramatic improvement this season, choosing instead to focus on next year and diverting their resources in the hope of gaining an advantage over their rivals, who will still be largely focused on their current machinery.

Asked by Autosport if he was confident that the team had pinpointed what went wrong this year and would be able to correct the mistakes in 2014, McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh said: "Yes I am. Often you learn more from mistakes.

"So in terms of the motivation of the team, the focus of the team and the learning it has been good."

Whitmarsh admitted that the decision to abandon the 2013 car was not an easy one, but was confident the pragmatic decision would pay off in the long term.

"I can't remember us having the luxury of being able to choose, because a weakness of ours is we fight to win both championships and races," he added.

"It is difficult to wrench yourself away from that.

"By looking for a positive out of this, it is sobering and it has been a kick up the pants."

Whitmarsh still hopes that more speed can still be unlocked from the current car as they continue to play catch-up with their rivals.

"We are disappointed in this year's car and we rightly should be because ultimately it is relevant performance [compared to rival teams] that counts," he said.

"In absolute performance we are quicker than last year, it is just we put ourselves back.

"We are about six months behind the others in terms of developments, and I think that was a fairly well documented mistake we made as a team."

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