McLaren CEO Martin Whitmarsh admitted in an interview with the Spanish El Pais newspaper that focussing on next year at the expense of the development of its MP4/24 car is 'is one of the possibilities, but we haven’t yet arrived at that point.'
Despite the fact that the Mercedes team is having its worst start to a world championship since 2004, Whitmarsh isn’t calling time on his team’s hopes for 2009 just yet. 'We are going to all the races with the intention to win,” said Whitmarsh. “Giving up is not our style.'
Whitmarsh was also surprisingly lukewarm about Brawn’s achievements, saying the car was based on Honda’s 2008 development budget, including 'four wind tunnels and hundreds of millions of euros'.
Of course, with the technical regulations for 2010 so up in the air, you do have to wonder exactly what McLaren's designers and engineers are going to focus their efforts on