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McLaren admits more struggled with tyres in Valencia

McLaren team Principal Martin Whitmarsh says that they are really struggled with the tyres. Second grid man Lewis Hamilton late retirement cost valuable points and championship standings.

Lewis Hamilton start from behind the pole sitter Sebastian Vettel and struggle too in first set tyres and dropped down to third position after some laps. Once again in 2012 Lewis Hamilton stuck in the pit-stop and he dropped down to fifth, Vettel’s and Grosjean’s retirement helped him and lift-up to third but unfortunately he retired from the race due to crash with Maldonado in penultimate lap.

“It was a bad day in the office and I think we really struggled with the tyres,” he explained. “The inherent pace was where you were on your tyres.

“Lewis struggled on the first set and was better on the prime in truth, but ultimately it went away – and that could have happened to Sebastian as well, I don’t know.

“When your competitors are showing that sort of pace it is always a concern, but I think we know well this year that what determines the underlying pace of the cars is quite challenging and quite difficult.

“We have to keep pushing. It is a tough old motor racing season this one and this race wasn’t helpful, but we will keep pushing and see what we need to do.”

“This championship is just wide open,” he said. “Mark Webber is up there as well now, and I don’t think anyone was going to predict that at the beginning of the weekend.

“You have to score the points and keep at it. So we have to develop the car, master the tyres, understand them, and keep them in good condition. That is very difficult as we saw here.

“It was a difficult day, and frustrating in many ways, but there is a long old championship ahead and there is no reason why we cannot turn that fortune at Silverstone. That is what we have to do.”


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