McLaren set for damage limitation exercise

McLaren heads into this weekend's European Grand Prix at the Nurburgring looking to stop Ferrari building a substantial lead in the championship standings, as the team continues to run its 2002 car because of continued delays to the new MP4-18A

McLaren set for damage limitation exercise

The British team lost the lead of both the Drivers' and Constructors' standings after Michael Schumacher took victory for Ferrari in the Canadian Grand Prix, but managing director Martin Whitmarsh remains confident that the team can still challenge for the title once its much-delayed new car is finally given its race debut.

"There is, of course, an element of disappointment within the team that we left Canada having lost our lead in both the Constructor's and Drivers' World Championships," said Whitmarsh.

"However when you look at the bigger picture, whilst taking into consideration the strategy the team has adopted this year, we are in a strong position in the championships, and we believe we have a significant performance step coming on line with the race debut of the MP4-18A. This will be when we are confident that it will enhance our championship programme.

"We are under no illusions, however, of the challenge that lies ahead. The eight Grands Prix that are remaining will undoubtedly follow the current trend of closely fought racing as our competitors will also continue to develop their packages."

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