Lowe hails McLaren’s improved qualy

Date published: September 20 2012

Paddy Lowe believes McLaren’s hat-trick of races wins is down to their improved qualifying, having also achieved three pole positions…

Paddy Lowe believes McLaren’s hat-trick of races wins is down to their improved qualifying, having also achieved three pole positions.

Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button have dominated in recent races, taking pole position and the race victory in Hungary, Belgium and Italy.

It’s a much-improved showing from McLaren who, since Spain, have struggled to even make the front row of the grid and reach the podium a day later.

“It’s interesting that there is a trend about being able to control the car and the tyres much better if you are leading from the front than if you aren’t,” the technical director said during a Vodafone McLaren Mercedes phone-in.

“So we’ve certainly noticed it and it may cause us to do some things differently.

“We can influence the difference in race and qualifying pace in a few areas. In most areas we can’t.

“In the areas we can we tend to make calculations as to how we weight that in priority between the two.

“Recent statistics kind of show that weighting (towards qualifying) has perhaps been stronger than we – or most people – appreciated.”