The sporting director of McLaren, Sam Michael has the opinion that his team is perfectly capable of defeating Red Bull Racing during the British Grand Prix at Silverstone this weekend. He thinks that his rival team won’t have as much ‘luck’ as they had in the Grand Prix of Valencia.
In Valencia, Vettel quickly took pole position and created a 20 second lead. However, all this happened before the safety car came out and the German star had to retire ones it was gone.
Michael reveals that his team is not afraid of Red Bull Racing. “They [Red Bull] did take a step forward but I don’t think it’s as big as the pace that Sebastian showed in the first stint. We’ll be looking to correct that in Silverstone. If you look back to Barcelona we were almost 0.6s in front of them on the grid before we took the penalty. Looking at the type of track that Silverstone is we’re hoping for a repeat of that.”
McLaren is definitely targeting a Silverstone podium. They think it is possible to beat Red Bull with their upgrades and collect their prize in Great Britain. “Ultimately we’ve got upgrades coming to Silverstone as well, as we do at every race, and we target to bring at least a tenth and we’ve achieved that throughout the year. At Silverstone we’ve got more than that and it comes through a series of aerodynamic and suspension upgrades. Regardless of where Red bull were at Valencia – and they were very strong – regardless of that, our target is to be on the front row and challenging for a win at Silverstone.”
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