Whitmarsh: Not satisfied until I win title

Date published: April 25 2011

Despite having won titles under Ron Dennis’ reign, Martin Whitmarsh says he won’t be “satisfied” until he wins one while at the helm himself…

Despite having won titles under Ron Dennis’ reign, Martin Whitmarsh says he won’t be “satisfied” until he wins one while at the helm himself.

Whitmarsh took over as team principal of McLaren’s F1 outfit in 2009 after Dennis stepped down. However, the 52-year-old has yet to obtain the level of success his predecessor had.

McLaren could only managed third place in the 2009 Championship while the following season they finished second, behind Red Bull Racing.

And although 2011 did not get off to the best of starts for the Woking outfit, last weekend in China they tasted success when Lewis Hamilton took the chequered flag.

Whitmarsh is now hoping that sparks a title run for his F1 team.

“As I walked out of the (Shanghai) circuit, I felt proud of the team,” he told the Daily Mail.

“The first race win of any season is always welcome. But until I deliver a Championship, I’m not going to be satisfied.

“If you sit back and think you’re in reasonable shape, you’re finished in this business. The pace of change is relentless and the Championship is wide open.”