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'Quite a few upgrades' for McLaren in China

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McLaren technical director Paddy Lowe has revealed that the team will "have quite a few upgrades" for the Chinese Grand Prix "on pretty much all sections of the car".

With Red Bull having looked like the quickest team during testing it was somewhat of a surprise for McLaren to have emerged with the most dominant car in the opening two races. Both qualifying sessions this season have seen a McLaren front row lockout, although that has only translated to one race victory due to conditions in Malaysia. Lowe said that the team would not be resting on its laurels, however, and had a number of updates to bring to Shanghai.

"We have quite a few upgrades for this event, on pretty much all sections of the car," Lowe said during a Vodafone McLaren Mercedes phone-in. "So we're hoping for a reasonable step in performance. However, we expect that is only what we need to do to stay where we are, in terms of qualifying and race pace."

Lowe added that the development race for McLaren was now an attempt to maintain its advantage rather than extend it.

"I would be surprised if our principal competitors aren't also coming with reasonable steps forward. So that's the name of the game. It's a relentless battle for in-season development, particularly amongst the top teams. It's started already and we'll have to play our part and see if we can maintain the qualifying lead we had at the first two races."

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