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Whitmarsh: Tough race but strategy resulted both on the podium

McLaren duo Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button currently top on the drivers championship table. McLaren team Principal Martin Whitmarsh says that Chinese Grand Prix was very tough race but the team strategy resulted in both our drivers getting onto the podium.

“Nico drove a truly excellent race today, so first of all I want to say ‘bravo’ to him for taking his maiden grand prix victory. Well done, too, to Mercedes, who were able to manage their car’s tyre wear this afternoon better than we’d perhaps anticipated. “

“As for Jenson and Lewis, well, they both drove brilliantly this afternoon too, coping with a three-stop strategy that demanded that they attack, and overtake, again and again and again throughout the race. That’s never easy, and inevitably they both lost a bit of time on track in their efforts to make their passing manoeuvres stick, but they both kept at it and I’m sure the television spectacle was fantastic as a result. “

“It was a tough race, but our strategy resulted in both our drivers getting onto the podium. Accordingly, we extended our lead in the constructors’ world championship, whilst Lewis and Jenson now lie first and second in the drivers’ championship.”

“Would Jenson have been able to beat Nico if his final pitstop had gone more smoothly? Well, obviously, he’d have lost less time in the pitlane, and undoubtedly he’d have re-emerged onto the track with a clearer road in front of him; but, in all fairness, today was Nico’s day, and we may not have been able to beat him even if Jenson’s final pitstop had been an impeccably slick one. So, yes, at his 111th attempt, Nico fully deserved to win today. “

“We’ve had three grands prix so far this year, and they’ve been won by three different drivers from three different teams. The performance differential between the fastest cars is minimal. It looks like we’ve got a great season ahead of us, doesn’t it? Bring it on!”


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