Indian GP: McLaren duo Button and Hamilton hope for better results
By Berthold Bouman
After a disastrous Korean Grand Prix, where Jenson Button had to retire after a first-lap collision with Kamui Kobayashi and Lewis Hamilton only earned one point for his tenth place, the McLaren duo are hoping for a better result this weekend in India.
“Through no fault of my own, my weekend in Korea was a wasted opportunity — but it’s already far behind me, and I’m really looking forward to these next two back-to-back races,” said Button.
About the circuit the 2009 World Champion said, “It’s a circuit I like: it has a good feel to it, and you can tell it’s quite different from the normal places we visit. I think we can have a good weekend there — I’m already looking forward to it.” Hamilton can’t wait to return to India, “I love India — the people, the colour, the noise, the spectacle, the chaos: it’s an intense and vibrant country, with some of the most enthusiastic and friendliest people we meet all year.”
Like his colleague, he likes the track as well, “The circuit, too, is something of a revelation. Most modern tracks have a very similar feel; you find that the same driving style and rhythm suits them all. But the Buddh International Circuit is different: it has more in common with a great track like Spa than it does with any number of the more modern places we visit.”
About this weekend’s prospects he said, “I didn’t have a particularly tidy weekend there last year: but I feel I’ve been driving better than ever recently — even if the results haven’t quite shown it — so I’m headed to India determined for another good result. I think we’ll have a car that’s a match for the circuit and I can’t wait to get out there and start practicing on Friday.”
Team Principal Martin Whitmarsh is aware of the problems McLaren had the past two races, “Our two weekends in Japan and Korea weren’t particularly prosperous. But while fortune certainly didn’t smile on McLaren during those two races, it’s proof if it were needed that no team or driver is immune from tides of good or bad luck.”
But Whitmarsh remained positive ahead of this weekend, “Of course, luck flows both way, and I’m positive that, after two disappointing races, this next double-header will be a more profitable affair for Jenson, Lewis and the whole team.”
McLaren is currently third in the Constructors’ Championship with 284 points, just six points behind Ferrari in second place; taking first place will be a difficult task, as with four races to go, Red Bull is still in control with 367 points.
In the Drivers’ Championship things don’t look very well either for McLaren, as Hamilton is fourth, 62 points behind leader Vettel, while Button is sixth, 84 points behind the German.
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