McLaren fighting for 'minor points'

Tuesday 22-October-2013 11:00

It's not something that McLaren drivers are used to, but Jenson Button and Sergio Perez know they will be "scrapping" for points at the Indian Grand Prix.

The Woking squad have had a terrible season by their lofty high standards with Button's fifth place at the Chinese GP back in April their best finish to date.

Although their troubled MP4-28 has improved during the latter stages of the campaign, their drivers are still struggling to get into the points and Button knows it will be no different at the Buddh International Circuit this weekend.

"The last few races have shown that, realistically, we'll once again be fighting for the minor points," the 2009 World Champion said.

"Still, I enjoyed my races in Korea and particularly Japan - where it was both satisfying and unusual to be armed with fresh tyres and able to pick off cars on older rubber, as opposed to the other way round - so I'll be looking to take the fight to some of the faster cars once again next weekend."

It's been a difficult couple of weeks for Perez with the Mexican finishing 10th in Korea and then 15th in Japan, but he is hoping for a better weekend in India.

"After two tricky races in Korea and Japan, in which I had good pace but just seemed to suffer a whole range of misfortune, I'll be hoping for a smoother ride in the next flyaway double-header," he said. "It's been frustrating to see decent results slip away from me, but I'm confident that we'll be able to turn things around quickly.

"With the race skipping a year for 2014, I hope we can help make this year's event particularly memorable. We know we don't have the machinery to fight the top four teams, but there's always fierce competition around the fringes of the top 10; scrapping for points might not be what Vodafone McLaren Mercedes is all about, but it's nonetheless satisfying to nail the set-up and the strategy and drive a perfect race."

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