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Martin Whitmarsh says McLarens title hopes are not over just yet

Jenson Button Lewis Hamilton McLaren 2011 Italian Grand Prix

McLaren has vowed to keep pushing on with trying to improve its car so that it can win more races this year, even though the championship appears to be all but over.

Sebastian Vettel's triumph at the Italian Grand Prix has left the Red Bull driver on the verge of the title - and means he could clinch the crown in Singapore in a fortnight's time.

But even though it would take a bizarre sequence of events for either Lewis Hamilton or Jenson Button to get back in the title hunt, McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh will not give up on the campaign and wants an aggressive push for updates for the next race in Singapore.

"There is a good chance of winning it," Whitmarsh said about preparations for Singapore. "Winning grands prix is what we are here to do, and we will be trying pretty hard in Singapore, you can be pretty sure."

When asked if he thought the title was all but over, Whitmarsh said: "No, not yet. But we think we want to try and win some races. It is definitely possible, but they [Red Bull Racing] are doing a good job and Sebastian is not making enough mistakes for my liking at the moment, but we will see."

Although Red Bull won again in Monza, Whitmarsh believed that there positives that could be taken out of the Italian GP weekend.

"We had the pace in the car, but we had poor starts and that is frustrating. If the race was one lap longer then we would have two cars on the podium. We scored more points than any other team, and we set fastest and second fastest laps of the race with the two guys, so we are disappointed with not winning. But we have got six races left that we are able to win, and we will keep pushing on so we can."

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