McLaren “looking everywhere” for performance

2013 Malaysian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Jenson Button, McLaren, Melbourne, 2013McLaren sporting director Sam Michael says the team are not limiting their search for more performance from the MP4-28 to any particular area.

“When you’re looking for performance deficits like we are at the moment then you look everywhere,” he said during a Vodafone McLaren Mercedes-phone-in.

“We have programmes on everything at the moment. We have got a good idea of what we need to concentrate on but until we’ve got on top of that we’ll keep our minds open to everything.”

However he was keen to stress the team were not considering reverting to last year’s MP4-27 chassis:

“All of our energies are on the the 28,” said Michael, “that’s what we think will offer us the best chance over the course of the season.”

He added the data the team gathered last weekend would enable them to begin work on a stronger footing in practice tomorrow: “When you go into this race you have the benefit of knowledge of Melbourne.

“We obviously have a more understanding of the car, of what our relative expectations of it are in the short term. And that actually allows you to manage the race weekend better.

“Even if we went through Melbourne again we could probably do a better job just because you have more data. So we’re hopeful that in Melbourne we can end up like that because we just understand the car better. We have some new parts for the car so that could take is off in a new direction.

“But even if we didn’t have new parts and we were running exactly the same car as Melbourne we could squeeze a bit more out of it just because we’re being realistic about what we’re trying to achieve and use the data we gathered a week ago.”

Despite just four days passing since the last race Michael said the team have brought “two lines of new parts” for the car this weekend.

“One of them is normal development so they were going to come any on the car. And then we’ve got some experimental stuff to work through on Friday, some of which is just background test items to help further understand it.”

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