Sunday, 27 July 2014

McLaren tyre gamble backfires

Jenson Button on track.
(McLaren Mercedes)

McLaren's Jenson Button was left disappointed after his team decided to run the Intermediate tyre at the wrong time in this afternoon's Hungarian Grand Prix. Button started the race from 7th place on the grid and made a great start on a circuit where the 2009 world champion took his first F1 victory when he drove for Honda in 2006.

Button showed great race pace during today's Grand Prix but went on to finish the race in 10th place collecting just a solitary point. McLaren are now just one point behind the Sahara Force India F1 Team in 6th place in the Constructors championship on 97 points. 

Button is currently in 8th place in the Drivers championship on 60 points just 9 points behind the Sahara Force India F1 Team. The Woking based outfit will be hoping to move ahead of the Silverstone based team at the Belgian Grand Prix which takes place from August 22-24 following the Summer break.

The Spa Francorchamps circuit has been a great hunting ground for Jenson Button who took victory there for McLaren in 2012.

Kevin Magnussen had a fantastic race in the second McLaren because although he failed to finish the race in the points he managed to come through the field after starting from the the pit-lane and finished the Hungarian Grand Prix in 12th place.

© Ben Johnston 2014

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