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GP Week : Issue 199
“ Well, it goes without saying that we’re leaving Bahrain bitterly disappointed.” McLaren Racing Director eric Boullier summed up the feeling. “ We didn’t have the fastest car this weekend, we know that, but, had our cars not both been afflicted with clutch problems towards the end of the race, triggering their retirements, at least we’d have been leaving with some more championship points on the scoreboard. “In fact, had Jenson’s car run reliably to the flag, there’s every chance that he’d have been fighting for fifth, fourth or potentially even third place. Granted, minor placings aren’t what McLaren is all about – on the contrary we exist to win – but a third - , fourth- or fifth-place finish would have been extremely welcome in terms of our achieving what we’d set out to accomplish in these early-in-the- season fly-away races: namely, steadily pick up championship points while we develop our car’s performance envelope for the beginning of the European season in Barcelona.” Jenson Button was his usual analytical, philosophical self: “In terms of pace, we took a step for ward this weekend. Moreover, our degradation was positive and I think we did a very good job understanding our tyres. “Only one team were demonstrably quicker than us today – but sadly they were a lot quicker than us. Having said that, our long -run pace was very good, especially over the last few laps, so I reckon we could have raced very hard to the finish on the primes. But unfortunately I didn’t get that opportunity. “ We were set for fifth place at worst and a podium finish at best, and that would have been a very positive outcome for all of us. In summary, then, there was lots of good racing out there – I can’t even remember how many cars I overtook butitwasquitealot–andIthinkitwasthesame for almost everyone out there. I really enjoyed it, in fact.” Promise, but disappointment MINING THE RAREST DIAMONDS 31 GPWEEK.com // 31 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> BAHRAIN PARTNERS: