Whitmarsh puts faith in new ‘bits and pieces’

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh has said that his team’s decline in performance will be arrested by the arrival of new ‘bits and pieces’ (upgrades) before the British Grand Prix.

The McLaren team effectively fell behind Ferrari in terms of overall pace at yesterday’s European Grand Prix, leading their drivers publicly to bemoan the lack of performance.

But Whitmarsh pointed to where the team could improve and said that modifications would be made to the car before the next race.

“[In Valencia] we were not exploiting the tyres correctly; we were struggling with traction and that was not to do with downforce, that was tyre temperature,” he is quoted as saying by Autosport.

“But I am an optimist. We plan to go to Silverstone with some new things; we will have new parts and possibly a new rear wing various bits and pieces.

“Silverstone is very different to here. Anyone who stands here and say I am sure we will be back with the quickest race car would be rather foolish, but we will see how we get on,” he promised.