McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton has said that he believes his team will be able to be more competitive at the next F1 race in Turkey. Hamilton’s team-mate Jenson Button was retired during the second lap of the Monaco Grand Prix, while Hamilton himself finished in fifth. The race also saw competitors Red Bull secure a strong one-two finish. But Hamilton said: "At a place like Istanbul Park, our car will be back in its element."
With Button adding: "We’ve got some upgrades for this race. We’ve got a good chance of going well there."
McLaren are now trying to re-capture form after losing their lead in both championships and obtaining poor results in the last two races. However, Hamilton remains optimistic that his team’s fortunes will improve at the Turkish race on May 30th.
"I’m looking forward to Turkey," the 2008 world champion said.
"We came away from Monaco with a respectable result but the MP4-25 wasn’t particularly well suited to a tight and bumpy track like that. It loves smooth, fast circuits, where the aero can really work over the car through the long, fast corners. It should be fantastic to drive. Looking at the characteristics of the track, it’s a place where we should be able to pick up from where we left off in Spain”
"We’re not under any illusions, but we think we’ll be able to get another decent result and we’re hopeful of taking the fight to the cars at the front."
He also assured McLaren would be closing the gap forming between Red Bell and themselves.
"We plan to break the stranglehold at the front rather than look back at what might have been," he said on his website. "We’ve got some developments in the pipeline – they won’t be immediate, but we think we know what we need to do to close the gap to the leaders."
Victor Chandler give 7/4 odds that Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel will finish first at the Turkish Grand Prix.