McLaren team chief Martin Whitmarsh Thursday said his team are aiming for a glorious one-two triumph in this weekend’s Korean Grand Prix to mark the team’s 700th race.
McLaren made their debut as a Formula One outfit at the 1966 Monaco Grand Prix and have won eight constructors’ championships, 12 drivers’ titles and a total of 174 Grands Prix.
“We want to carry on winning. We have lost none of our ambition to win again just because the drivers’ championship is resolved,” Whitmarsh said.
“And I know both our drivers would dearly love to score a one-two for the team to further prove we have a superbly competitive car at the moment.
“It’s a matter of considerable pride to the whole team that this weekend’s race will mark McLaren’s 700th Formula One grand prix. That’s a massive achievement. So I hope we can crown it with another victory.”
He added that Jenson Button was in high spirits after his win in Japan last Sunday and that fellow-Briton Lewis Hamilton was determined to recover his form with a strong race.
“Jenson’s fantastic victory was a great reward for him after some of the most impressively consistent driving of his career,” Whitmarsh said.
“He’s in fantastic spirits, and I know he’s feeling incredibly positive about following up that win with another great result.
“Lewis, too, is keen to convert his pace into a strong result. He showed in Singapore and Suzuka he had the pace to put the car on pole position, but was unlucky to lose out for a variety of different reasons.
“It seems like luck is against him at the moment, but knowing Lewis he will bounce back stronger than ever.”