Whitmarsh: McLaren “support Button fully”

Brazilian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh said the team will continue to support Jenson Button despite the reigning world champion’s slim hopes of retaining his title.

Whitmarsh said:

If Formula 1 has taught us competitors one thing over the past couple of years, it?s to never give up hope until the odds are no longer possible, and that the most unexpected outcome can become a very real and viable possibility sooner than you can readily imagine.

With that in mind, we go to Brazil, and then on to Abu Dhabi, still determined to wrest both world championships. Lewis is well-placed in the drivers? championship. While Jenson lies 42 points adrift, he has vowed to fight on. As the reigning world champion, and a great driver, he knows better than most that you can?t lift the title without being a resolute fighter. That?s exactly why we hired him, and we?ll be supporting him fully this weekend.
Martin Whitmarsh

He added the team are still hopeful of regaining the lead in the constructors’ championship, having cut Red Bull’s lead at Korea:

As for the constructors? championship, we?re only 27 points off the top spot ?ǣ a very slender margin, and one that both Jenson and Lewis are convinced we can bridge by the time the chequered flag falls in Abu Dhabi.

We?re ready for battle and working harder than ever to win both world championships.
Martin Whitmarsh

Button said he hasn’t given up hope of winning the championship a second time:

Given the points situation, I know that I face an uphill struggle to hold on to the world title, but I?ll be giving it everything I?ve got this weekend to stay in contention. I fought hard to become the 2009 world champion, and I won?t give up my title without a fight.
Jenson Button

Lewis Hamilton, who is 21 points behind championship leader Fernando Alonso, said:

We go to Brazil knowing that we may not have the fastest car, but we?ll have a decent package that should work well. We have a strong engine and good straightline speed, so I think we?ll still be quick ?ǣ crucially, that combination should give us the opportunity to pass into the first corner, which is probably the best overtaking spot on the track.

I know the world championship is figuring in everybody?s thoughts at the moment, but I?m not thinking about it too much: I need to get a good result in Brazil to take the fight to Abu Dhabi, so that?s my priority. Whatever happens, it?s going to be a very tight battle.
Lewis Hamilton

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