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2013-10-06 06:35

HIDDEN SECRETS: McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh watches driver Jenson Button get ready during first practice ahead of the 2013 Korean F1 GP in Yeongam. He promises surprises for 2014. Image: AFP

ALAN BALDWIN

McLaren hasn't won an F1 race yet in 2013 - but team boss Martin Whitmarsh reckons that will change in 2014 aftere the top technical names he's hiring are announced.

YEONGAM, South Korea - McLaren may be heading for its first Formula 1 season since 2006 without a win but the team is moving behind the scenes to bring in top technical talent for 2014.

Team principal Martin Whitmarsh told reporters ahead of the 2013 Korean GP where neither Jenson Button nor Sergio Perez qualified in the top 10 for the second time this year, that  some big names would be announced.

"You can never, and certainly this year, be satisfied with where you are," he said. "So we've been recruiting in the technical team, strengthening that quite a lot. There have been quite a few new starters this year, there are some as yet unannounced that will be headline-grabbing when they are announced.

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"There are things going on. We have to look at ourselves as a team, from the top management all the way through, as well as our technical team, to ensure we return to winning ways as quickly as possible."

McLaren is the second most-successful team in F1 history with eight Constructors' titles and 12 Drivers' crowns but the team has not finished higher than fifth sp far in 2013 and has  already turned its main focus to the car for 2014, when the rules change considerably and turbocharged V6 engines with energy recovery systems will be introduced.

McLaren lost technical director Paddy Lowe to Mercedes earlier in the season, the Briton following 2008 champion Lewis Hamilton, but has recruited Matt Morris from Sauber as engineering director.
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