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McLaren confident its run of form will continue in Italian Grand Prix

Jenson Button McLaren Spa 2012McLaren sees no reason why its recent run of good form will not continue at this weekend's Italian Grand Prix.

Updates to the MP4-27 have helped Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button win the last two races, and the outfit is upbeat that its pace-setting speed should keep it ahead for now.

McLaren technical director Paddy Lowe said: "Jenson's set up [in Belgium] isn't that far off what we would run in Monza, so it is encouraging that the package is working well and a lot of the elements that we used here will carry over.

"We were quick here, and Hungary was also a very specific circuit. We have seen such a lot of variability [this season], so it makes us really think that we have strong underlying pace that we can translate in the next eight races."

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh believes that the run of form - which has resulted in the team becoming the first to win consecutive races this year - means both his drivers are capable of winning the title.

"Jenson certainly has performed well in the last few races, exceptionally well here, and there is no reason why he can't be on a massive roll and score lots of points and lots of victories in the remainder of this season," he said. "But likewise Lewis can as well.

"Our job is to give them the best possible car, make sure we don't make mistakes, do some good pit stops, and run the right strategy. I think we did all of those things right in Belgium and therefore they went unnoticed.

"There are lots of points at stake. It has been a fairly interesting topsy-turvy season so I think anything is possible at the moment.

"Lots of things can happen and we are going to have an exciting final eight races."

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