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Spanish Grand Prix 2013: 'Whatever we do will be difficult' - Button

"Congratulations to Checo, he did a great job - particularly in Q2," said Button, displaying no trace of the acrimony that had built up between the two after tangling on-track in the previous Grand Prix. "He did everything right this afternoon and showed that some of our recent upgrades are definitely working.

"It's not yet enough, but it's rewarding to see that we're making some progress," Button added.

"Checo did a fantastic job in qualifying today, especially in Q2 during which he drove a sensational lap to be seventh-quickest," agreed Whitmarsh. "I want to say 'Well done Checo', because he was extremely impressive here this afternoon."

Perez ended up in ninth place on the grid after leaving his qualifying lap late, and Whitmarsh confirmed that the team had considered keeping him in the garage and playing the strategy card instead.

“In Q3 we considered taking the tactical option, in other words not running him at all in order to conserve an extra set of tyres," Whitmarsh admitted. "But, in the end, on the basis that he was driving so well, we decided to go for it in the hope that he might repeat his Q2 form relative to his principal opposition."

Even so, Whitmarsh agreed that there was something unseemly about the mighty McLaren team scrambling around narrowly succeeding - or failing - to make Q3 at a Grand Prix event.

"Vodafone McLaren Mercedes' ambitions extend to a great deal more than merely going through to Q3, and it's clear that our MP4-28 still requires a lot of development before it becomes as competitive as we need it to be," he conceded.

"In the meantime, both Checo and Jenson will give 100 per cent tomorrow in their efforts to score as many world championship points as possible - for themselves, for the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team, and last but not least for Vodafone McLaren Mercedes' many fans all over the world," he added.

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jim crint - Unregistered

May 12, 2013 6:00 AM

Modern F1 has become a sham of the sport it once was. All we want to see are the best drivers in the best cars at the top of their game. With no in-season testing, teams can no longer iron out problems and be as competitive as they might be if they could do that. At one time, teams practiced Thursday, Friday then qualified Saturday, could work on the cars the night before the race, and even had a morning warm-up before the race! It's become a nonsense! I hate DRS, I can't stand these ridiculous tyres, the lack of testin is a joke!

Oldtimer - Unregistered

May 12, 2013 7:52 AM

I agree with Jim, the entire show is a farce, F1 means it is the premier category in the world, unfortunately the reality is rather different. I have watched F1 since the early sixties and I've never been less interested than at present. The ridiculous tyres, DRS and KERS which apparently are for "IMPROVING" the racing. There is no proper racing everybody is doing a different stategy just to get to the finish. They were supposed to cut costs but what do they do, introduce gadgets to help make overtaking easy, I thought that was supposed to be down to the drivers skill, apparently not. In addition the rules cause teams to spend millions of pounds on increasingly complex aero solutions which they then can't test when they need to. The only thing that has cut costs is the engine and gearbox restrictions. What I would like to see is a free tyre choice and usage from dry/intermediate/wet, testing allowed as and when and a huge simpification of the aero rules and no gadgets and gismos. We n

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