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GP Week : Issue 190
McLaren hung on by their fingernails to what could have been a potential podium position in singapore with seamless pit stops and savvy execution of pit-strategy. Having put the ignominy of trailing Force India in the Constructors’ standings behind them in Monza, in Singapore McLaren could focus on maximizing what potential seemed to be left in the MP4-28. Qualifying eighth might not have promised much on paper, but until Marina Bay, such positions were secured via blood, sweat and tears, whereas this weekend the team appeared to get into the top ten with more ease. “It will also be difficult starting from eighth – the dirty side of the grid – which may hurt us,” said Button on Saturday evening. “But that said, I reckon we should be able to pick up some decent points with a good strategy.” Button's words would prove to be painfully prophetic. Initially falling behind the similarly shod Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton to the tune of 2.6 , Button spent the race hovering between sixth and fifth even after Daniel Ricciardo's meeting with the wall at Turn 17 brought out the Safety Car. McLaren's perseverance with their strategy finally cracked the nut wide open on lap 43 when Rosberg, Hamilton, and Webber found themselves out of sequence, putting Button in contention for a podium. What McLaren hadn't counted on, however, was a hooked-up Raikkonen, who had benefitted from the same strategy but scythed his way up through the field from thirteenth on the grid. With Button's rear tyres well and truly past their use -by date, Raikkonen smelled blood and applied pressure on the Briton, who should have known better than to defend vigorously, only delaying the inevitable. By the time Raikkonen swooped past Button on the outside of Turn 14, the McLaren’s tyres were shot to pieces, making the 2009 world champion a sitting duck for the likes of Rosberg, Hamilton, and Massa. Button would eventually have to settle for seventh – one spot above his starting position. Button's knack for stealing unlikely wins might have seen him on the podium, but it was a long shot, and any hope of a top three finish for the team this season will require a few extra tenths to become reality. McLaren: close(ish) but no cigar 36 GPWEEK.com // 36 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> SINGAPORE