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McLaren won't sack anyone over failings, says director

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McLaren's Sporting Director Sam Michael has rejected calls for people to be fired at McLaren as the famous British team endures one of it's worst ever seasons.

Instead Michael claims the team is focused on fixing the woes with its highly disappointing MP4-28 and getting the team back on track. 

This year McLaren went radical with it's 2013 design with a lot of new parts and design features, however that decision has backfired and now the team is struggling to get in to the top 10. 

But Michael, who oversaw Williams' worst ever campaign in 2011, was very cautious if asked whether heads should roll at McLaren. 

"To start with you have to be very careful," he told British broadcaster Sky.

"First of all you could sack the wrong people and secondly the people who are responsible for this car are part of this company and they are committed to it.

"They are very good engineers and designers who have produced very good cars in the past and they are going to be the best people to fix this car and produce another very good car in the future," added Michael. 

Other figures have called for McLaren to simply ditch it's 2013 prospects and focus all efforts on a rebound when the new regulations come into effect next season, although driver Jenson Button sees solving this year's car as key to mounting a stronger challenge next year. 

"Although the 2014 cars will be different, first we need to understand the current car in order to take a step forward next year.

"We also want to win races this year," he told Germany's Auto Motor und Sport, before competing in an ironman event in Berlin.

"That goes for everyone who works at McLaren."

Michael echoed Button's comments claiming it was simplistic to "write off" 2013 and start fresh in 2014.

"I don't think you ever get to a point where you write it off -- we will always be pushing to improve the car and get good results right to the end," said the 42-year-old.

"In terms of bringing development parts to the car, the August (factory) shutdown is going to be a natural point for most teams to start ramping down this year and putting everything into 2014."

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