McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh says his team’s second place in the 2011 constructors’ championship behind Red Bull wasn't good enough, and warned Red Bull that the tables will be turned in 2012.
With one race still to go in the F1 season, McLaren drivers Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton have each won on three occasions, but the comprehensive set of victories by Red Bull’s World Championship winner Sebastian Vettel has left McLaren behind.
“You have to say that Sebastian, Red Bull, and Adrian Newey did a fantastic job” Whitmarsh said, “but we are not here to come in second, so inevitably we are not satisfied.
“We have had six great wins this year and we can even make it seven great wins this year - and that's the goal - so we are focusing on that. We will try and win again in Brazil. Sebastian will again clearly be the guy to beat even if he was unlucky in Abu Dhabi.
Looking at the year as a whole, Whitmarsh added that there wasn't one single point where things went awry for his team.
“Sadly there is never a simple answer, a single incident or a singular issue,” he added. “There are a lot of views about the invincibility of Red Bull. Certainly Mark is a very good driver. People keep asking us how we plan to beat Red Bull but on most weekends we do beat 50 per cent of them. Unfortunately, right now, we are not beating the other one if he stays in the race!
“As a team we've made some mistakes. We haven't done as good a job as I like us to do but hopefully we will end the season with another win. Then we press the reset button, spend a few weeks away in the winter and next year is another year. We are looking forward to turning the tables on them in 2012.”