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Drivers did a tremendous job, says McLaren

It wasn't the strongest British Grand Prix McLaren have enjoyed, but team principal Martin Whitmarsh insisted that both drivers were on good form.

McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh was quick to say that Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button had done a tremendous job in difficult circumstances at this year's British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

"Lewis drove an excellent stint on his initial set of Prime tyres," he pointed out. "For Jenson, the 2012 Santander British Grand Prix was always going to be a bit of a struggle, starting it as he did from 16th place on the grid ... As it was, he earned a single world championship point for his efforts, which was meagre reward for a pretty gutsy performance."

In these circumstances McLaren can be happy to score points with both drivers at the British Grand Prix - but Jenson and Lewis did not exactly seem overjoyed with what they had achieved when they left the circuit after the race.

For his part, Whitmarsh was forced to accept that McLaren had fallen short of providing the pair with a race-winning car - and that Sauber and Williams were now both showing a faster pace than the McLarens.

Even Red Bull's Christian Horner Red dismissed McLaren's challenge at Silverstone. "McLaren were never really a factor from early on," he said.

"It seems that we managed to improve our pitstop times and we held today's record time with 2.8 seconds," Martin Whitmarsh told Crash.net at Silverstone. "But we have to understand our tyres better and we were simply not fast enough today."

One of the main issues McLaren face is not having a proper understanding of how the current Pirelli tyres behave, which once again caught them out at the British Grand Prix.

The two British drivers qualified in relatively poor positions - a disappointing eighth for Lewis, and a disastrous 18th for Jenson when rain and yellow flags thwarted his final flying lap attempt in Q1 - and it was always a tall order to fight back to the front from there.

It seems that front tyre degradation was an issue during the 52 laps race and McLaren are planning to bring in relevant updates during the next few races to tackle the problem.



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oldtimer - Unregistered

July 09, 2012 1:17 PM

McClaren have been slipping away from the top teams for some time rather like Williams did. They never seem to design the best car. Last year it was very poor at the start but they managed to improve it later in the season and this year they started well but have dropped way behind Red Bull and Ferrari. There is clearly something wrong somewhere as both drivers criticised the car yesterday. It is all very well for MW to say we will sort it out but it is getting too late for this season, Mercedes, Lotus, Williams and Sauber are starting to knock on the door and McClaren are sliding backwards. Perhaps it is time to look at the people and set up and take a new direction as the present one is clearly not working.

Pole Position - Unregistered

July 09, 2012 3:50 PM

It's hard for me to understand how a team like Mclaren can allow themselves to fall back so far. Considering all their resources. Right now they probably have the 4th or 5th fastest car on the grid. And to think they locked out the first row of the grid in Australia. That seems so long ago.



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