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Italian Grand Prix: Button thwarted by clutch and gear issues

As for Perez, he was disappointed to slip out of the top ten by the finish despite having started one place ahead of Button on the grid, having been hit from behind by Kimi Raikkonen in the first run through the first chicane and then subsequently suffering a slow pit stop.

“I got hit from behind into turn One and had to cut the chicane," he said. "We stopped one lap later than we'd planned, and I lost a position to Jenson when the stop didn't go too well. From then on, I was stuck in a train of cars; and, without a straight-line speed advantage, I just couldn't get past anyone."

It was left to Whitmarsh to sum things up as "a disappointing end to a frustrating weekend," and not at all the way that the team had wanted to celebrate their historic 50th anniversary at Monza.

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September 08, 2013 8:17 PM

Whitmarsh may be a problem in, but my money on whom has deepened McClaren's woes further is with Sam Michael. I was under the impression that F1 was a sport that ruthlessly punished failure. Michael failed woefully at Williams, despite unstinting support from Head and Sir Frank. He has left the team a shadow of it's self. How he got the job of a major team directorship is mystifying. Watch, next year's car, under his supervision will be equally uncompetititive. Then he'll have no where to hide. Perhaps LH saw what was coming and bailed.


September 08, 2013 5:53 PM

@thelogicalview Agreed their season has been a disaster, but it's not going to get any better. They've already come out and said that there will be no more updates this season - so it's all to play for next year. However, considering that this year's title is all but wrapped up, I would imagine just about every other team will be stopping development on this years car as well.

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