Monaco GP team-by-team: McLaren

Posted on Author Keith Collantine

A strange oversight led to Button’s retirement early in the Monaco Grand Prix.

Jenson Button Lewis Hamilton
Qualifying position 8 5
Qualifying time comparison (Q3) 1’14.637 (+0.205) 1’14.432
Race position 5
Average race lap 1’56.397 (+31.554) 1’24.843
Laps 2/78 78/78
Pit stops 0 1
Monaco GP lap times: McLaren
Monaco GP lap times: McLaren (click to enlarge)

Jenson Button

Not on Hamilton’s pace throughout the weekend and his efforts in qualifying were impeded by Felipe Massa, who Button caught on a quick lap.

An unusual mistake at McLaren led to his early retirement:

I knew after the formation lap that there was a cooling cover left on the left-hand sidepod, where the radiator is.

We thought everything was going to be okay, and it would probably have been fine if we hadn?t had a Safety Car. My car quickly began to overheat and I started losing engine power, so I turned the engine off pretty sharply because the last thing I wanted was to leave engine oil on the racing line.

Today was just one of those days. It was human error, a mistake, and that?s all there is to it.
Jenson Button

Compare Jenson Button’s form against his team mate in 2010

Lewis Hamilton

Fifth place on the grid was probably better than the MP4-25 deserved at a track which did not play to the car’s strengths.

Hamilton only set the tenth-fastest race lap and was noticeably struggling for pace at the end. So much so that he wasn’t leaving Fernando Alonso behind at that great a rate despite Alonso having spent longer on his tyres.

McLaren’s radio communications revealed they were concerned about brake temperatures during the race.

Compare Lewis Hamilton’s form against his team mate in 2010

2010 Monaco Grand Prix
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