McLaren confident of strong race

By on Saturday, September 22, 2012

McLaren will start the race with both cars from the front two rows of the grid after a strong qualifying performance in Singapore.

Lewis Hamilton took his 24th career pole position, almost forty years to the date since the team's first ever pole position.

"I’m very happy with pole position. It’s been a good weekend so far, but there are no points for today, and it’s going to be a long, tough race, so I still need to be cautious. I hope we’ve done the work we need to do to put us in a strong position for tomorrow – the key will just be to stay out of trouble and look after the tyres", said the British driver.

Jenson Button qualified fourth but once again lamented an inability to feel at ease with the balance of his MP4-27.

"I found it a bit tough today; I didn’t really feel comfortable with my car, the rear went away from me quite quickly, and I struggled to look after the tyres over a lap", he said.

"I hope the balance will be better in the race than it was in qualifying. The high degradation around here will make it a tricky race, but I think we’ll be okay"

"It’s going to be tough for everyone on Sunday evening, but you can overtake around here. Starting from fourth means you can hope for the best – a win – but the pace just wasn’t quite there for me in qualifying. I hope it’s better in the race."

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