Whitmarsh was also quick to include Sergio Perez in his praise, after the young Mexican maintained the ninth place from which he's started the race.
"Checo opted for a four-stop strategy - but, like Jenson, he also drove a very good race, finishing in ninth place not far behind his far more experienced team-mate," said Whitmarsh. "At the end of the race Checo's tyres required diligent nursing, but like Jenson he managed the situation very capably."
Many observers wondered whether the message to Perez to be careful with his tyres hadn't been a coded team order forbidding him from making any overtaking moves on Button who was circulating just a few feet ahead on the track and with older tyres, leaving him vulnerable to attack if Perez had pressed the issue.
Whitmarsh said that this was not the case, however.
"If you're asking did we ask him to back off and not fight? No we didn't," Whitmarsh insisted. "His tyres were finished at the end. We could see the tyre wear energy, and we were worried that he was going to end up without any rubber at the end of the race, and he virtually did – if you look at his tyres there's nothing there.
"He's doing a great job, he's had another piece of learning today, he's had a bit of a master class from Jenson about how to drive through with these delicate tyres," Whitmarsh continued on the subject of Perez. "He's learning. He's still very young and he's had a lot of pressure, and we haven't given him a good enough car.
"Next we go to Monaco, a Grand Prix that McLaren
has won a record 15 times in the past," he said, moving on and looking forward. "Although we aren't predicting a 16th McLaren
victory on those famously tortuous streets this year, we'll be doing our utmost there to score as many world championship points there as we possibly can."