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Whitmarsh admits to McLaren concerns

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Martin Whitmarsh: "I think it's tough, but I think we've been through all sorts of highs and lows as a team" © Sutton Images
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Martin Whitmarsh admits that he is concerned about McLaren's current levels of performance after its disappointing British Grand Prix weekend.

Lewis Hamilton qualified eighth and Jenson Button dropped out in Q1 as both drivers struggled in the wet on Saturday, and then despite dry conditions for the grand prix the team could only salvage eighth and tenth in the race. When asked if he was concerned by McLaren's downward trend since being so strong early in the season, Whitmarsh replied: "Yes.

"What you can do is learn about the tyres - do a better job with the tyres because we know they're very significant - and bring the upgrade packages as quickly as you can. We've got a reasonable upgrade package for Germany, and we'd like that to be as performance and as successful as we can and make sure we can make it to Germany."

Despite the current struggles, Whitmarsh insisted that the team was strong enough to deal with the problems.

"I think it's tough, but I think we've been through all sorts of highs and lows as a team. I think we're resilient enough. The drivers are actually happier with their performance; I think the drivers did a good job. They know we know we need to work on the car, make that better, have a better understanding of the tyres - so those are the things that are part of our job. We'll be pushing hard, I don't think we need to build morale; everybody's going to be pretty focused to try and achieve that."

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