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Trouble in McLaren for home race at Silverstone, Lewis Hamilton was start from eighth on the grid with hard compound Pirelli. Strategy was clear but his car was not able to aggressive in Silverstone. The Woking base F1 squad still needs good car setup for every track.

Few laps Lewis Hamilton dominated in the track ahead of race leader Fernando Alonso, but after his second pit-stop he struggled too and almost +1 seconds slower that front runners and he finished in eighth position.

McLaren now fourth in the Constructors Championship with 142 points behind the Lotus (144). Lewis Hamilton in fourth in the drivers’ championship eighth points behind the Sebastian Vettel and his team mate Jenson Button still in eighth position.

“It wasn’t a great race for me – I just wish we could have done more for the fans today. Hamilton said.

“We tried as hard as we could, but we simply didn’t have the pace this afternoon. My tyres were still good at the end of my first stint, and I was able to hang on to Fernando. So it’s hard to understand how we could be leading the race at one point and then fall back to eighth place, especially as our car doesn’t feel bad overall. I raced my heart out and was flat-out right to the end.

“We’re still in the hunt for the world championship – and, if we can find a bit of lap-time, we can stay in the hunt, too.I gave the fans a little donut on the slow-down lap – simply because I wanted to say thank-you to everyone who came out to watch us here today. I’d love to have done better in my home Grand Prix, but, regardless, the fans were fantastic throughout the weekend.”

Jenson Button struggled in all session of this weekend especially in qualifying he was not able to entered Q2, but in race Button lift his position from 17th and finished with precious one points in tenth position.

“It was good to get a point in my Grand Prix, but of course that’s not what we ought to be doing: we’re a front-running team and we’ve got a bit of work to do to start running at the front again.” Button said.

I don’t think we made any mistakes with our strategy today; we’re just not quite quick enough at the moment, that’s all. Most important of all, though, I’m a bit sorry for the Silverstone fans, because they’ve been truly amazing this weekend. Like them, we wanted a lot more from today’s result. So we’re sorry, guys; we weren’t able to fight at the front today, but hopefully we’ll be back there soon.”

McLaren Team Principal Martin Whitmarsh suggested after the race that McLaren had been wrong-footed by the unexpectedly rain-free conditions. “A dry race wasn’t what we were expecting – and, undoubtedly, had it been a wet race, as was predicted, our competitiveness relative to that of our opposition would have been significantly enhanced,” he said.


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