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GP Week : Issue 210
One of these days, race day is going to get better for McLaren. For now, though, things just aren’t quite clicking, as racing director eric Boullier explained: "To score just a single world championship point, after two hours toil in intense heat and humidity, is of course extremely disappointing for the entire team. “For Jenson, who was driving exceptionally well in seventh place, cleverly optimising a tricky two-stop strategy, to be forced to retire with power box failure was an especially bitter blow. “For Kevin, who had driven such an excellent qualifying lap here yesterday, this afternoon was gruelling; there's no other word. His first stint was satisfactory, but in stint two he began to experience tyre degradation to a greater degree than we'd predicted, forcing us to convert his strategy from a two-stopper to a three -stopper. "To add injur y to insult, he was then subjected to severe bodily discomfort as his car's cockpit began to overheat, necessitating his holding his arms aloft, first one then the other, in an effort to direct cooling air down his sleeves and inside his race-suit, which was an unusually painful complication for him. In the end, after an impressively plucky drive in extremely challenging conditions, he was able to score a single point for the team. It was scant consolation, of course it was, but it's indicative of his tremendous fighting spirit, and I commend him for it." Tough, hot day at the office 34 GPWEEK.com // 34 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> SINGAPORE PARTNERS: