Mountain to climb for McLaren

Mountain to climb for McLaren

McLaren boss Ron Dennis admitted that the team has something of a mountain to climb to in order to be competitive and doesn't expect it to happen in the next race or two. Kimi Raikkonen has yet to score a point, retiring from both races with car...

McLaren boss Ron Dennis admitted that the team has something of a mountain to climb to in order to be competitive and doesn't expect it to happen in the next race or two. Kimi Raikkonen has yet to score a point, retiring from both races with car failure and teammate David Coulthard has managed to scrape two finishes in the low points.

Kimi Raikkonen.
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Not exactly a scintillating start to the season for McLaren but Dennis is convinced things will improve. Once racing arrives in Europe, starting with Imola on April 25th, many teams will introduce car updates, and for McLaren it's the Spanish Grand Prix in early May that Dennis has high hopes for.

"I think it will take a little more than one race to get back into a position of winning but we will get there," he said, according to Reuters. "I take some encouragement from this weekend but we have to be balanced in our view. We're not here to come second, third, or fourth -- we're here to win."

"We have something of a mountain to climb, but we are climbing it. It's still going to be tough for a couple of races but I think things will improve after that. We are hopeful of quite a bit coming on the car for the Spanish Grand Prix."

McLaren is currently fifth in the Constructors' standings, behind Ferrari, Williams, Renault and BAR, with only four points so far. Raikkonen looked to be heading for third place in Malaysia until a transmission failure left him stranded at the side of the track.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers David Coulthard , Kimi Raikkonen
Teams Ferrari , McLaren , Williams