“It is a little bit frustrating, I have to admit. This part of the year is about going out there and going hard and going for wins, so to be this far into the year with one pole position – and even that was in the rain – and no wins is a bit frustrating. But I know how that might sound, and I’m definitely not complaining! I’ve had a heap of podiums, I’m right there in the championship, so it’s hardly all bad. But I would have liked to have won a few races by now, that’s more our style.”
Whincup has a point. In 10 races, he has that wet-weather pole at Symmons Plains in Tasmania to his credit, along with three third places and four seconds. But it was the most recent of those seconds – to teammate Shane van Gisbergen in race two at Winton last time out – that grated most.