McLaren aim to attain a quick start to 2012
With McLaren being comprehensively edged out of this year's Formula One season by rivals Red Bull, team boss Martin Whitmarsh has told sporting press that he wants McLaren to get off to a much better start in 2012...
The McLaren team boss has warned his side that they must make efforts to improve the quality of their start to the season if they hope to avoid the same pitfalls that left them unable to match Red Bull. 2011 saw McLaren struggle in testing, which left them failing to catch their rivals.
"We had a slow start this year," commented Whitmarsh. "By the standards of McLaren this has not been a vintage year.
"We have to get out of the blocks quickly and make sure we are winning races. We're optimistic."
Despite their slow start to the year, McLaren did manage to show glimmers of the form that has previously made them of the most recognisable names in the sport. McLAren drivers Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button managed to chalk up 6 race victories between them, with Hamilton taking the top podium position at the recent Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Even with such hints of promise, McLaren's total win tally for this season was still nearly half of Red Bull's – young German driver Sebastian Vettel ultimately proved to be too much for McLaren to contend with over the course of the season.
"We need to start next year quick," agreed McLaren managing director Jonathan Neale.
"We've shown that we can out-develop and stay close to everybody; we have consistently won races, we're consistently on the podium but we need some more championships - that's a frustration - so we've got to get out of the blocks,” he added.
Victor Chandler, BetFred and Boylesport currently offer 11/8 odds that Sebastian Vettel will go on to win next year's F1 drivers' championship title.