McLaren may win again in Valencia - boss

Having silenced the paddock sniggers, Martin Whitmarsh has dared the Formula One community to laugh again at his prediction of more wins in 2009. In 2004, amid McLaren's last major competitive slump, a British journalist ran around Silverstone...

Having silenced the paddock sniggers, Martin Whitmarsh has dared the Formula One community to laugh again at his prediction of more wins in 2009.

In 2004, amid McLaren's last major competitive slump, a British journalist ran around Silverstone almost naked, having derisively wagered that the British team will fail to record a single win.

No one in the media centre has been so foolish in 2009, but mere weeks ago the doubters remained, according to team boss Whitmarsh.

"I guess if you had predicted that result people would have had a good laugh at us," he said, referring to his first appearance on the podium on Sunday as a winning team boss.

It is true that the twisty Hungaroring layout shrouded some of the MP4-24's worst aerodynamic flaws, but the laughter must now be muted when Whitmarsh forecasts that follow-up wins, beginning in three weekends' time in Spain, are possible.

"We've got another upgrade package coming through for Valencia. I think we can potentially win there," he said.

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