“I feel if we go easy we will get smoked, so we will prepare well and push as hard as we can to the end,” he said.
"We will go as hard as we can for the last four races, and see how we go.
“We are going to be aggressive, we are all going to be aggressive right to the end."
Red Bull Holden Racing Team manager Mark Dutton explained post-race it kept Whincup out four laps longer than McLaughlin, rather than reacting earlier, with the title fight in mind.
Dutton, however, concedes the team "should've forseen" that all three Triple Eight Commodores were going to be jumped by McLaughlin, even if it felt stopping that early and running lean would have risked engine damage.