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Thrilling start, disappointing race, says Button

The fact that Button could set the fastest lap on the final lap of the race proved just how night and day the situation with the prime and option tyres had been for him in Greater Noida, as McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh pointed out.

"We didn't get the 0.6 second advantage [in qualifying] the others got when they switched to the option tyre," Whitmarsh admitted. "Fortunately we had the underlying pace to get on the second row. But if you saw Jenson's tyres coming off the options were ruined, but on the prime we told him to save fuel and he still set the fastest lap of the race on the last lap.

"It was McLaren's 150th fastest lap in world championship grand prix racing, incidentally," added Whitmarsh, who also went on to point out that with their result in India, McLaren had now equalled Ferrari's all-time record of 55 consecutive world championship race points finishes.

That was a small silver lining to a day that didn't really deliver as well as Whitmarsh had been hoping. "We scored 22 world championship points here today, but we'd hoped to score quite a few more than that," he conceded, meaning that Ferrari had eased away from them slightly in the constructors championship.

Whitmarsh insisted that McLaren would be seeking to reverse that next weekend in Abu Dhabi, as well as looking to extend that run of points finishes to an outright record.

"In fact, of course, we'll be aiming to do a bit more than that," he added. "There are three grands prix still to run this season, and you can be well sure that everyone at Vodafone McLaren Mercedes will be doing his or her level best to win as many of them as we possibly can."




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Button Basher - Unregistered

October 28, 2012 2:54 PM

It might have been thrilling Jenson but you lost a position so i wouldnt be calling it thrilling but rather disappointing start and finish. You proving more and more that you are just an average driver in a fast car who gets lucky once awhile IE in rain and does Brawn's car with its double diffuser ring a bell?

bob - Unregistered

October 28, 2012 3:07 PM

@Button Basher A rather disappointing start? Were you watching the same race as everyone else? That was a cracking start with a great battle between 3 great drivers - which, correct me if I'm wrong, Button won. And please, tell me how it makes you lucky if you are a great driver in the rain or tricky conditions? One of the reasons they say Senna was so great was because of how good he was in the wet. Now you're saying that being good in the wet just makes you lucky. Yeah right pal.



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