F1: Hamilton's McLaren team looking for further improvements
PUBLISHED: 10:46 29 April 2009 | UPDATED: 09:40 27 October 2009
HOCH ZWEI / Michael Kunkel
TEAM bosses at McLaren Mercedes are not resting on their laurels after Lewis Hamilton s fine performance in Bahrain at the weekend. The reigning F1 world champion from Herts battled for a top five finish around the desert Sakhir circuit. McLaren team prin
TEAM bosses at McLaren Mercedes are not resting on their laurels after Lewis Hamilton's fine performance in Bahrain at the weekend.
The reigning F1 world champion from Herts battled for a top five finish around the desert Sakhir circuit.
McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh admitted Hamilton's fourth place was better than they could really have expected considering the car's speed.
"This circuit possibly flattered us a little, but we've nonetheless made substantial progress over the past few weeks," said Whitmarsh.
"Our competitors won't stand still but we will keep improving until we get back to where we expect to be - at the front."
Norbert Haug, the vice-president of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport, echoed Whitmarsh's assessment.
He said: "This was a step forward, no doubt.
"Likewise, I think the nature of this racetrack at one of our home races here in Bahrain and Lewis's driving skills helped us as much to achieve this result as our KERS hybrid, which is worth nearly half a second per lap around here."
Haug added: "Everybody in the team is well aware of the fact that we need to produce further dramatic improvements to MP4-24 in order to come back to where we used to be."
McLaren officials will appear before an extraordinary meeting of the FIA World Motor Sport Council in Paris today (Wednesday) after misleading race stewards after the Australian Grand Prix.
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