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GP Week : Issue 209
They might have hoped for a 5-6 based on qualifying, but on the day the McLarens didn’t quite get as much out of their tyres as the nearby opposition – although Kevin Magnussen’s spirited defence against a charging Bottas did him no permanent harm, despite the five second, three-spot penalty he incurred. As usual, team boss eric Boullier provided a succinct summary: "Kevin made a truly tremendous start from fifth place on the grid, which gave him momentum enough to slip neatly past Felipe into second place into Turn 1. Thereafter he drove hard and well, making no errors, but was unable to prevent a number of faster cars from passing him over the next 53 laps. " In the closing stages he and Valtteri were involved in a spirited and entertaining dice – the kind of wheel-to-wheel racing that Formula One fans thrill tosee–andinourview he was unfortunate to be penalised for what we saw as a legitimate defence. But the stewards' decision is final, and as a result of it Kevin ended up being classified 10th. “Jenson drove a typically controlled yet combative race, finishing ninth on the road, which became eighth as a result of Kevin's penalty. "As a team we scored only five world championship points today, which was quite a lot fewer than we'd expected to score, but there are positives to take from the weekend: our qualifying pace was strong and our race pace was solid, and it's clear that we're making sure and steady progress.” RIGHT: Magnussen 'escorts' Bottas off the road at the chicane. Valtteri would get through anyway, and Kevin's tactics earned him a penalty ... McLaren; raceday disappointment ... again 32 GPWEEK.com // 32 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> ITALY PARTNERS: