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Michael denies tyres helped McLaren

Sam Michael says McLaren wasn't aided by the new Pirelli tyres in Hungary
Sporting director Sam Michael insists that the revised Pirelli tyres were the reason for a solid showing from McLaren in the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Despite qualifying down in 13th place, Jenson Button raced his way to seventh by the finish while Sergio Perez took ninth as the Woking-based team closed to within two points of Force India in the constructors' championship.

It marked an encouraging performance on race day for the former championship winning outfit as it continues to struggle with the MP4-28, leading some to suggest that McLaren had been amongst those to benefit from the revised rubber used in Budapest.

However, Michael insisted that that wasn't the case, and said he didn't feel that any team on the grid had been hugely affected by the tyre change.

"I think it's pretty neutral to be honest," he told ESPN. "If you look up and down the grid I don't think it's made a big difference.

"We've still got a long way to go. We still need to be up there and seventh and ninth is good compared to where we've been [earlier in the season] but we need to be winning."

While Button insisted after the weekend that he felt he could possibly challenge for a podium finish at Spa when racing resumes after the summer break, Michael insisted he was keeping his feet very much on the ground.

"I'm much more reserved," he said. "I'll wait and just see where we go. We're not there yet, we have some positive signs from the performance in Hungary but we have to put that to work at the next races."




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28.07.2013- Race, Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-28
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28.07.2013- Race, Sergio Perez (MEX) McLaren MP4-28
19.04.2014- Qualifying, Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29
19.04.2014- Qualifying, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM07
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19.04.2014- Qualifying, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM07
19.04.2014- Qualifying, Kevin Magnussen (DEN) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29
19.04.2014- Qualifying, Kevin Magnussen (DEN) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29
19.04.2014- Qualifying, Kevin Magnussen (DEN) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29
19.04.2014- Qualifying, Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29
19.04.2014- Qualifying, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM07
19.04.2014- Qualifying, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India VJM07
19.04.2014- Qualifying, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM07
19.04.2014- Qualifying, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India VJM07
19.04.2014- Qualifying, Kevin Magnussen (DEN) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29
19.04.2014- Qualifying, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India VJM07
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Lonepiker

August 01, 2013 7:55 PM

Having met JB , he came across as very down to earth, self deprecating, and realistic. He supports McLaren superbly in difficult circumstances, and gets the best out of a poor car. He is out of his comfort zone, but takes it in his stride, much like Mark Webber would. Those who state he whinges and stabs colleagues in the back are simply spouting untrue bile and bilge water. No Prima Donna he, but a thoroughly good bloke and superb driver. He may have to wait out this season, but he will bounce back from this awful year/car.



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