McLaren not expecting to be contenders at Spa

Jenson Button won the 2012 Belgian GP

Jenson Button won the 2012 Belgian GP

McLaren goes to Spa-Francorchamps with no great expectations despite an enviable record at the Belgian Grand Prix where they have won no fewer than 14 times, but this time around neither last year’s winner Jenson Button nor team boss Martin Whitmarsh are confident of notching up victory number 15.

Speaking ahead of the weekend, in Belgium, Button said, “We don’t go to Spa with the package to win, but I’ll still be making the most of every single lap around this place – it’ll still feel incredible.”

Only a year ago McLaren had a race winning package which Button used to great effect to win on what is one of the legendary venues on the F1 calendar.

“Then I think back to my victory there last year: I had pretty much the perfect weekend – my car was fantastic, I got pole position and just led the whole race. It was one of the most satisfying wins of my career just because I felt strong and confident for the entire weekend,” recalled the 2009 F1 world champion.

Team principal Whitmarsh said, “Spa has been the scene of many victories for McLaren through the years – not least, our very first grand prix win, achieved by Bruce McLaren himself back in 1968.”

Whitmarsh however played down the team’s chances this year, “While we’re not contenders for outright victory this time round, the whole team is looking forward to another opportunity to build on our ability to understand and operate [the] MP4-28.”

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