Bahrain preview quotes: McLaren

Jenson Button: "I won this race in 2009 and feel we have a car that's quite well suited to the track's characteristics. The track is a good balance of tricky, technical, low-speed corners and faster, high-speed sweeps - particularly two sections behind the pits, which are very satisfying when you get them right. Our car should go well here

Bahrain preview quotes: McLaren

"I think the original circuit layout, which doesn't include the extended 'endurance' loop that we used for a single race in 2010, is better for Formula 1 - and it's a positive that we're returning to that configuration this year.

"It will make the approach into Turns Five, Six and Seven - the high-speed sweepers - more challenging as you'll be entering at much higher speeds. Hopefully, we can get another strong result to bolster our chances in the championship."

Lewis Hamilton: "Unlike Jenson, I've not won in Bahrain - although I've had some strong drives there in the past. The circuit is a typically modern F1 track, with plenty of run-off and a good variety of corners. You can be really late on the brakes for Turns One, Four and 14, which is a particularly technical final corner.

"Still, there are definitely passing opportunities. Turn One is a classic late-braking opportunity, and it also gives you the chance to set up the other driver, by forcing him to defend up the inside and then compromising his exit speed, which gives you the opportunity to have a look inside at Turn Two, or even Turn Four at the end of the straight.

"I think we go to Bahrain with a car that's well-balanced in every area, and I'll be looking for another strong result."

Martin Whitmarsh, Team Principal: "Our result in China showed that neither Jenson nor Lewis has lost any of his fighting spirit; and to get both of them on the podium - after each qualified in a less-than-representative position - was further proof that MP4-27 appears to be consistently competitive wherever we go.

"The 2012 event will mark the first time Formula 1 has raced in Sakhir using both KERS Hybrid and DRS, and I think the combination, in tandem with a well-positioned DRS deployment zone along the main straight, will lead to another exciting race.

"This weekend, we'll be looking for more points-scoring opportunities for both drivers - we're fully aware that this is a long championship and that it's often just as important to score regularly, and to keep scoring, as it is to win races. It's consistency that will define the path to both world championships, I believe.

"This race will represent the last of the four flyaways that constitute the opening phase of the 2012 world championship. Vodafone McLaren Mercedes goes into the race leading both the drivers' and the constructors' world championships, and we want to come away from Bahrain having consolidated our positions in both. We're determined to mount a consistent and sustained challenge for both titles, and we're currently in a good position to achieve that."

shares
comments
Sebastian Vettel's biggest challenge yet

Previous article

Sebastian Vettel's biggest challenge yet

Next article

Williams buoyed by Chinese Grand Prix performance

Williams buoyed by Chinese Grand Prix performance
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Teams McLaren
How “overwhelming” McLaren move has given Ricciardo a new verve Plus

How “overwhelming” McLaren move has given Ricciardo a new verve

Daniel Ricciardo has found a new lease of life at McLaren – a move that’s been years in the making, as he explains to STUART CODLING…

The German legend who raced and beat Nuvolari Plus

The German legend who raced and beat Nuvolari

Ninety years ago, Rudolf Caracciola became the first non-Italian to win the epic Mille Miglia. We look at how he stacks up to the most famous pre-war ace Tazio Nuvolari, one of the drivers he beat on that day in 1931

How 2021's midfielders have taken lessons from F1's top teams Plus

How 2021's midfielders have taken lessons from F1's top teams

Formula 1’s latest Imola adventure turned into an expensive trip for many teams due to several crashes throughout the weekend. While balancing the books is an added factor in 2021 with the cost cap, a few midfield teams have cashed in early on development investments

Formula 1
Apr 19, 2021
Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Driver Ratings

A frantic wet race at Imola produced plenty of excitement and drama as drivers scrabbled for grip. Amid the hatful of mistakes and incidents that ensued, who kept their noses cleanest?

Formula 1
Apr 19, 2021
How the Emilia Romagna GP result hinged on three crucial saves Plus

How the Emilia Romagna GP result hinged on three crucial saves

Rain before the start of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix promised to spice up the action, and the race certainly delivered on that. Max Verstappen got the best launch to win from Lewis Hamilton, but both got away with mistakes that could have had serious consequences

Formula 1
Apr 19, 2021
The back-bedroom world-beater that began a new F1 era Plus

The back-bedroom world-beater that began a new F1 era

The first in a line of world beaters was designed in a back bedroom and then constructed in a shed. STUART CODLING recalls the Tyrrell 001

Formula 1
Apr 18, 2021
The clues Hamilton’s F1 contract afterthought gives to his future Plus

The clues Hamilton’s F1 contract afterthought gives to his future

The Formula 1 world reacted with surprise when it learned Lewis Hamilton’s long-awaited new Mercedes deal guarantees his presence on the grid only until the end of 2021. Both parties claimed publicly they were happy with the arrangement but, asks MARK GALLAGHER, is there more to it than that?

Formula 1
Apr 17, 2021
How a harshly ejected Red Bull star has been hooked by racing again Plus

How a harshly ejected Red Bull star has been hooked by racing again

Driver-turned-DJ Jaime Alguersuari lost his love for motorsport when he was booted out of Formula 1 just as he was starting to polish his rough edges. Having drifted from category to category then turned his back on racing altogether in 2015, he’s come full circle and is planning a return in karts for fun

Formula 1
Apr 17, 2021