McLaren Eager for Team Title

McLaren boss Ron Dennis claims that his team will be more than satisfied if they win the Constructors' Championship this season, despite Renault's Fernando Alonso taking the drivers' title

McLaren Eager for Team Title

Heading into next weekend's Japanese Grand Prix, McLaren have a two-points cushion over Renault but appear to have a much more competitive car.

And after taking their first 1-2 finish of the season in the Brazilian Grand Prix, Dennis is gearing his team up for a dominant end to the campaign.

"We anticipate we're going to the last two races to get similar results," he said. "Of course World Championships are not won or lost in one single race; we had a weak start of the season, which gave Fernando Alonso the opportunity to open a gap that we intend to keep on closing.

"Hopefully there will only be a few points between him and our drivers at the end of the year and we'll win the Constructors' Championship. At the end of the day he'll make a good champion, but we've certainly no intention of doing anything other than beating him in what remains of the season."

Although there has been a great deal of focus on Alonso's charge to become the sport's youngest ever World Champion, Dennis insists that winning the constructors' title is vitally important for his outfit.

"For a team the significance of this title is clear," he added. "On the commercial side there are all the benefits you get from winning the championship, all the way to garage positions and the lot.

"But we have to be fair and give our drivers every opportunity to win the Drivers' Championship. If we don't achieve that, as a team, that is not as we'd like it to be. The Constructors' Championship is important too and we'll do everything within our reach to make sure we win it."

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