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Button apologetic after Silverstone struggles

Jenson Button: It was good to get a point in my home Grand Prix, but of course that's not what we ought to be doing

McLaren's Jenson Button has expressed his disappointment after not being able to fight for the win in front of his home fans.

Button was always going to be up against it today at Silverstone after a woeful qualifying performance saw him go out in Q1 and line up only 16th on the grid. However in the end he did make progress during the British Grand Prix, the ninth round in the 2012 F1 World Championship, and near the finish he capitalised when Nico Hulkenberg ran wide on the penultimate lap, to come through and take tenth place.

Speaking afterwards, JB conceded that it was some consolation to secure the final point, although he added that the pace of the McLaren – or rather lack of it – is a concern.

“It was good to get a point in my home Grand Prix, but of course that's not what we ought to be doing: we're a front-running team and we've got a bit of work to do to start running at the front again,” Button admitted.

“I don't think we made any mistakes with our strategy today; we're just not quite quick enough at the moment, that's all.

“Most important of all, though, I'm a bit sorry for the Silverstone fans, because they've been truly amazing this weekend. Like them, we wanted a lot more from today's result.

“So we're sorry, guys; we weren't able to fight at the front today, but hopefully we'll be back there soon.”




Related Pictures

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08.07.2012- Race, Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27 leads Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W03
08.07.2012- Race, Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27
08.07.2012- Race, Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27
08.07.2012- Race, Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27 leads Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W03 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27
06.07.2012- Free Practice 2, Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27
22.06.2012- Free Practice 1, Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27

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Vince - Unregistered

July 08, 2012 7:10 PM

It's not just the cars - whoever is running the mclaren strategies is also 'off the pace'. Both jenson and Lewis were left out too long after their first set of tyres were loosing them time, and couldn't understand running the soft tyres in the middle of the race (especially since they were not giving much of a time benefit - best to leave them to the end where you could at least have got a bit more life out of them if not lap time)... Alonso and Webber's strategy made sense even if they differed, and to be fair I think Ferrari should have won that if they had gotten the softer tyre wear right and pitted a little later... Somehow after only a few months since Australia, Ferrari and mclaren seem to have reversed roles.



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