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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72 comments on “Hamilton and Button limit damage with second and fourth (McLaren race review)”

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  1. Into the 2nd half of the season and Lewis has hit his stride. He’s gained the ascendancy and has been faultless in recent races. Having said that, there’s only 12 pts between them after 10 races. Jenson seriously needs to get his act together in Qualifying. Starting behind his team mate is going to kill his challenge.

  2. Good race form Button & too for Hamilton for keeping up the pace. I think Hamilton is now the sole challenger for the two Bulls.

  3. I have to weigh in on the Jenson Button topic here. “Luck” is where opportunity meets preparation. Jenson appears to have his head on straight about his abilities…and possible limitations. He is calm and aware and able to take advantage of opportunities presented to him without screwing up. To me, this takes extraordinary presence of mind while going as fast and as hard as the drivers do in modern F1. I am sure he realizes he is not the fastest driver in the field, but he sure gets the award for best thinker. That can get you quite far over a long GP season, if you have a good car.

  4. One thing that my brother noticed was, the fact that over the broadcast by Star Sports, here in India, Button appeared to have started and finished the race on the same type of rubber. Under 2010 rules, you must change to the other tyre type at least once, which he seemingly didn’t. Could someone shed some light on this…

    Had made this comment earlier, but can’t remember where :(

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