8 July 2012
McLaren's British duo look for home boost
Despite not getting the qualifying performance they'd hoped for, McLaren's Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button are still positive about their chances in an unpredictable British GP.
McLaren may not have got the starting grid positions they'd been hoping for in a chaotic qualifying on Saturday, but that doesn't mean that they're not hoping for a strong showing by both Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button in the British Grand Prix itself.
"From eighth, everything is to play for," said Hamilton, who will start from the fourth row alongside Williams' Pastor Maldonado. "Either way, it's going to be tough but we will fight to get up as high as possible."
"All I know is it's going to be raining, [so] it's not the end of the world that we're eighth," he added. "Jenson showed in the past coming from right at the back is possible, Fernando showed in the last race coming from quite far back is possible, we'll just have to do the best job we can and see what happens."
Button himself really does have his work cut out for him this week if he's to overcome a 16th place starting grid position, after a disappointing qualifying saw him fail to make it through to Q2 before the rain started to really come down.
"I know I can drive a car in the wet, so it should be okay," said Button, who excelled last year in inclement conditions in Canada. However, he insisted that dry conditions would suit him too.
"We can definitely do something in the dry. Our pace was good [on Saturday] morning on both tyres," Button pointed out. "It will be difficult for everyone, there hasn't been much running and the circuit will be very green. Some people might not have a good handle on the tyres, which I think we do."
"[Jenson] will be looking to make progress through the field towards a points-scoring position by race's end," agreed McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh. "He's one of the ablest wet-weather racers out there, as we've seen him prove many times before."
Button's one concern is about the weather taking a turn for the even worse, and conditions becoming untenable. The official forecast for race day suggests a 50/50 chance of heavy showers - similar to the forecast ahead of qualifying on Saturday.
"Because it's been raining so much, the ground is soaked, so when it does rain it doesn't soak into the ground, it sits on top," he warned. "That's a big issue. The rivers are forming very quickly even if the circuit isn't that wet, so especially coming out of Becketts onto Hangar Straight. It's very wet there.
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