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The team is pushing hard: Heikki Kovalainen

McLaren’s driver Heikki Kovalainen talks about his plan for this Sunday's British Grand Prix.
None | By HT Correspondent, Silverstone
UPDATED ON JUL 05, 2008 01:25 AM IST

What’s the key to a good lap around Silverstone?

The car’s high-speed balance needs to be spot-on. You need to have enough confidence to attack the faster corners; the high-speed change of direction needs to be positive but shouldn't be too sharp or too understeery. And in qualifying, the tyres start to degrade towards the end of the lap, so you have to be careful through the slow stuff at the end of the lap. It's a unique challenge.

The team has made several improvements to the car in recent tests.

Yes, the improvements we had in France were a very good step forward and you could feel that the car had more grip and better balance. At Silverstone, we have introduced further upgrades, which we hope to race at the British GP. The team is currently pushing very hard and it's encouraging when you feel the improvements. We're all optimistic of making a step forward for the race.

Coutesy: Johnnie Walker

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