McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh says he will not quit following a disappointing start to the season.
McLaren has scored just 23 points in 2013, with Whitmarsh’s two cars lining up only eighth and fourteenth on the grid for tomorrow’s Spanish Grand Prix.
Whitmarsh joined McLaren in 1989 was promoted to his current position in 2009, but the team has not won a championship since he replaced Ron Dennis.
“No, I don’t believe it is being considered at board level at the moment as far as I know,” he told Autosport when asked about the possibility of losing his job.
“I believe in the team, I believe that we are going to power through this so no, I am not considering anything other than getting this team back to where it belongs.”
“I have had dark moments and I’ve sat here in good moments as well.”
“I enjoy going motor-racing and I enjoy going motor-racing to win so I don’t like it when you come with a car that is not good enough to win.
“I have been around when we have won more than 100 races and I am sure that we are going to win more races. We are going to work hard to do that this year
“We have come back from worse than this, and we will. Obviously we are not where we want to be, but we’re going to come back from this. We’re a strong team. We’ve a long season ahead of us, but we just have to work away, find the performance, and I’m convinced we’re going to come back from it.”
Jenson Button, who will start from fourteenth, concedes that the much sought upgrades are not enough.
“They’re making a little bit of a difference but nowhere near enough to really challenge up the front,” he said.