McLaren was left baffled with a poor qualifying result in wet conditions for the German Grand Prix on Saturday but believes that it can turn its fortunes around in the race.
Jenson Button qualified seventh just ahead of teammate Lewis Hamilton in eighth, but both will start Sunday’s race from one position higher owing to Mark Webber’s penalty.
The British team struggled get its tyres to work in the rain during qualifying at Hockenheim admitting that it’s one its weaknesses
“It’s an issue we’ve had for a few races and an area where we need to improve,” Button said. “We’ve got to sort out these issues with the tyre temperatures because it’s hurting us both – and that makes it a very difficult day in the office for us.”
Hamilton added that he failed to understand how his rivals managed to go quicker as the track dried slightly towards the end of Q3.
But both the drivers were not worried for the race, expected to be a dry one, as the new upgrades McLaren had introduced during the weekend was a “good step forward”
“On Sunday, I plan to hunt everyone down from behind,” Hamilton remarked. "The great thing at Hockenheim is the great big DRS zone along the back straight - so hopefully Jenson and I will be doing lots of overtaking there!"
Defending champion Sebastian Vettel, who will start from the front row, isn't ruling out McLaren either.
"They have been extremely quick in qualifying though in the last qualifying on the extremes I don’t know quite what went wrong but they were quite a bit far behind," observed the Red Bull driver.