McLaren keen for 3 final wins
Lewis Hamilton and team mate Jenson Button believe they can drive McLaren to a hat trick of top finishes from the last three races of the 2011 Formula 1 season.
Despite the domination to date by Red Bull and its double World champion Sebastian Vettel, Hamilton reckons it's time to turn the tables in India, Abu Dhabi and Brazil.
Hamilton ended Red Bull's season-long run of pole starts by out-pacing everybody in qualifying for the 2011 Korean GP but he came home second - behind Vettel. However, mechanical difficulties cut downforce in that race and that his McLaren is now fast enough to run at the front for the rest of the year.
"I think we're set to be competitive at all three races," he said. "We were quick in Singapore, Japan and Korea - and I think the pattern at the front has sort of settled down now as we reach the end of the season.
"We have a car that can be quick anywhere so I'd like to think we'll be in the hunt again in India."
Button, who won in Japan, was also confident of more wins despite being left behind by Hamilton's sheer speed in qualifying in Korea. "There is no reason we can't -we just have to focus and go out and do all we can."
Like Hamilton, Button is keen to see what the Buddh International Circuit, near Delhi, will be like when the F1 circus starts running on track during practice. "In prospect, it is very exciting," he said.
NEW CIRCUIT, NEW CHALLENGE
McLaren team chief Martin Whitmarsh was also keen to see the circuit, the surroundings and the country, but most of all was looking forward to a good result. "I'm expecting something exciting, I think we all are. It's a new venue in a country we've not visited - it's going to be interesting.
"We felt quite strong in Japan, we felt quite strong in Korea, but Red Bull did a good job. I hope it can swing our way in India."
He saw the Buddh layout as putting a premium on downforce and speed, which would suit his cars. "We won't know until we get there, until we see the surface but there is no reason why we cannot be strong there," he said.