Points for McLaren after podium gamble fails

By on Sunday, September 22, 2013
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McLaren driver Jenson Button says he is pleased after finishing in seventh place in the Singapore Grand Prix.

McLaren gambled by pitting under the safety car and running a 36 lap stint on the prime tyres.

Button held third place for a while but was eventually overhauled by quicker rivals.

"We thought we might have a chance of a podium, but in the end we didn’t have the pace to keep us ahead of the closing cars. It was good fun trying though, and we have to take risks if we want to get podium finishes this year."

"We expected to spend most of the race on the Option tyre, so we’d set the car up for that. The Prime tyre didn’t work so well for me, and having to hold Kimi off for so long destroyed my rear tyres and made things very tricky. In the end, as I say, we simply didn’t have enough pace to stop him overtaking."

"It was a good try though, and a P7 finish isn’t too bad. We couldn’t have done any better with a different strategy, I’m certain of that, and I’m glad we got some good points for the team."

Team mate Sergio Perez finished on his tail in eighth place.

"I think we should be satisfied with today’s result – as Jenson says P7 and P8 was probably the best we could have achieved today."

"In my view the Safety Car came at the wrong time for us, so we had to take a risk by choosing to drive to the finish with two pit-stops. It was pretty tough to keep the car out of the barriers – not to crash yet to lose too much lap-time – but as I say I think it was the right choice."

Perez also added that he expects to remain with McLaren in 2014 and will make an announcement about his new management team soon.

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