Hamilton and Button limit damage with second and fourth (McLaren race review)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Silverstone 2010

The defining moment of McLaren’s weekend came on Friday evening when they abandoned their plans to run their new exhaust-driven diffuser.

After the race team principal Martin Whitmarsh admitted he’d have “ripped someone’s arm off” to ensure their second and fourth-placed finishes on a weekend when Red Bull and Ferrari were quicker.

Jenson Button Lewis Hamilton
Qualifying position 14 4
Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’31.699 (+0.581) 1’31.118
Race position 4 2
Average race lap 1’38.081 (+0.397) 1’37.684
Laps 52/52 52/52
Pit stops 1 1

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Jenson Button

Abandoning the new exhausts, but keeping the new front and rear wings on both cars, meant a late nights for the mechanics on Friday. Reserve driver Gary Paffett was summoned to the McLaren Technology Centre to work on a new set-up in the simulator.

Button seemed happy with the ‘old’ car in final practice but failed to progress beyond Q2 in qualifying, losing to Hamilton for the sixth Saturday in a row.

He made amends in the race, grabbing six places on the first lap and inheriting the rest through pit stops, penalties and retirements.

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

Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton was delighted with his qualifying lap which gave him fourth on the grid – ten places ahead of his team mate.

The cards fell in his favour on race day as Fernando Alonso made a slow start.

He made contact with Sebastian Vettel at the first corner, much like he did in Valencia, only this time it left Vettel with a puncture and promoted Hamilton to second.

That was where he finished, unable to do anything about Mark Webber, though he made a concerted effort to pass the Red Bull at the restart of the race.

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

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