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GP Week : Issue 205
Having qualified so well, and indeed made great starts, it became one of those tough races for Mclaren where the true performance of the car meant hanging in for the best result as better race packages went by. In the end, jenson Button just – just – missed out on what would have been his first silverstone podium – such has been his bad luck at his home race. Mclaren chief eric Boullier summed up the team’s situation: “We’re satisfied that we were able to convert a good qualifying performance yesterday into a decent race result today. “In achieving that outcome, our engineers and mechanics didn’t put a foot wrong, and they deserve great credit for getting the absolute maximum out of the package that they have at their disposal at the moment. Obviously, we’d like to have scored more points still, especially as jenson missed achieving his first ever British Grand Prix podium finish by a whisker. “Indeed, once Nico had retired, we decided to target a third-place result for jenson, but in the end it wasn’t quite possible. Nonetheless, he drove a superb race and richly deserved the 12 points he scored. “Kevin drove very well, too, making a storming start to be third into Turn One and ending up a solid seventh at the flag. “We hadn’t expected to be competitive at this circuit, whose many fast corners we felt wouldn't suit MP4-29’s aerodynamic envelope, so we're pleased to have scored 18 points. “More broadly, as I've said before, it’s clear that we’re making progress, even if that progress is necessarily not as rapid as we'd ideally like it to be, and I'm confident that that progress will continue; we're on-track. “ McLaren: maximising the package 33 GPWEEK.com // 33 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> SILVERSTONE PARTNERS: