McLaren Singapore GP race report

McLaren Singapore GP race report

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“I was being told throughout the race to look after the car and the tyres; the only time I was really able to push was in the last 12 laps, when I chased down Seb [Vettel] on the Supersoft tyre.

“I gave it everything – but, in the end, we didn’t quite have the pace to make up the gap. Still, I think we had the best possible strategy for both Saturday and Sunday, and I couldn’t realistically have asked for a better result this weekend.

Podium: race winner Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Racing, second place Jenson Button, McLaren Mercedes, third place Mark Webber, Red Bull Racing
Podium: race winner Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Racing, second place Jenson Button, McLaren Mercedes, third place Mark Webber, Red Bull Racing

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“In fact, we didn’t make any mistakes this weekend and, as a team, I think we did the best possible job with the equipment we had. We need to improve a few things in our package, but I think Suzuka should suit us a little better [than Marina Bay].

“I’ve had a run of podium finishes recently, so I’d really love to finish one step higher at the next race!”


“Congratulations to Seb on a great drive – he drove fantastically all weekend.

“And well done to Jenson, too – he showed what was possible from our package by really getting the maximum out of it. He nearly brought home the victory too – so I’m encouraged that we can continue to challenge for wins for the rest of the season.

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren Mercedes
Lewis Hamilton, McLaren Mercedes

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“I had fun picking off cars after my penalty, but it was frustrating to once again be down the field when I felt we had a car that could have challenged up at the front.

“For me, this weekend was a bit of a missed opportunity. As always, though, I’ll put it behind me – I’m already looking forward to Suzuka!”

MARTIN WHITMARSH - Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

“Jenson drove a truly fabulous race yet again – and bagged 18 valuable world championship points as a result.

“He controlled his pace faultlessly, looked after his tyres brilliantly, and then attacked the Marina Bay circuit with total commitment at the end when aggression rather than circumspection was called for. But for a bit of bad luck in the form of a few backmarkers whom he encountered at precisely the inopportune moment, he could well have snatched a truly sensational victory.

He controlled his pace faultlessly an looked after his tyres brilliantly

Martin Whitmarsh

“He’s now a clear second in the drivers’ world championship too.

“Lewis had a more frustrating day, but drove with great determination to finish fifth at the chequered flag, pulling off some fantastic passing manoeuvres in so doing.

“All in all, he had to make five visits to the pitlane – so, as I say, bearing that in mind, fifth place was a seriously impressive achievement.

“Next, though, we go to Suzuka, which is one of the great circuits on the Formula 1 calendar from a driver’s point of view.

“Both Lewis and Jenson will be aiming for ultimate honours there – as indeed they will in all the remaining races of the 2011 season.”


Started: 3rd
Finished: 2nd
Fastest lap: 1m48.454s (1st)
Pitstops: Three: laps 14, 30 and 48 (Op-Pr-Op-Op)
2011 points: 185 (2nd)


Started: 4th
Finished: 5th
Fastest lap: 1m50.832s (+2.378s, 4th)
Pitstops: Five: laps 11, 13 (front-wing change), 15 (drive-through), 29 and 48 - (Op-Op-Pr-d/t-Op-Pr)
2011 points: 168 (5th)

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jenson Button , Mark Webber , Lewis Hamilton , Sebastian Vettel , Martin Whitmarsh
Teams Red Bull Racing , Mercedes , McLaren
Tags button, hamilton, marina bay, mclaren, singapore gp, whitmarsh