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Whitmarsh still eying drivers' and constructors' titles

ESPNF1 Staff
October 29, 2010 « Bulgarian GP plans gather momentum | »

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh insists it is not beyond the team's reach to win both drivers' and constructors' titles as the championship battle moves on to Brazil next weekend.

Lewis Hamilton lies a distant 21 points behind championship leader Fernando Alonso with two races remaining and McLaren are 27 points behind leaders Red Bull.

"If Formula One has taught us competitors one thing over the past couple of years, it's to never give up hope until the odds are no longer possible, and that the most unexpected outcome can become a very real and viable possibility sooner than you can readily imagine," said Whitmarsh.

"With that in mind, we go to Brazil, and then on to Abu Dhabi, still determined to wrest both world championships."

Whitmarsh knows what it takes to take the championship down to the wire after Hamilton snatched the title on the final corner of the final lap in dramatic circumstances in Brazil in 2008. And he said that Jenson Button still had his full support despite his slim title hopes.

"Lewis is well-placed in the drivers' championship. While Jenson lies 42 points adrift, he has vowed to fight on. As the reigning world champion, and a great driver, he knows better than most that you can't lift the title without being a resolute fighter. That's exactly why we hired him, and we'll be supporting him fully this weekend.

"As for the Constructors' Championship, we're only 27 points off the top spot - a very slender margin, and one that both Jenson and Lewis are convinced we can bridge by the time the chequered flag falls in Abu Dhabi."