Brazil

Last Race: 09th Nov Brazil

Brazil GP Results
Pos Driver
1 Nico Rosberg
2 Lewis Hamilton
3 Felipe Massa

Whitmarsh: That was a shame

Sunday 17th March 2013

 RSS

Share:

Whitmarsh: That was a shame

Whitmarsh: That was a shame

Martin Whitmarsh concedes that in hindsight McLaren should have put Sergio Perez on the intermediate tyres during Q2 for the Australian GP.

Perez failed to make the cut after a decision to swap to the supersoft slick tyres cost him dearly.

But while team-mate Jenson Button quickly changed back to inters - the better choice on the still damp track - Perez pitted for a second set of slicks.

He finished down in 15th place while Button progressed to Q3, claiming tenth for Sunday's season-opener.

"I think first we took a risk with Sergio going on to a dry tyre," Whitmarsh told Sky Sports F1.

"It was a very difficult call, I think clearly sector one, sector two, it was quicker on the dry tyre, sector three was still struggling on a dry tyre, but we took that risk," Whitmarsh confessed.

"Unfortunately there was some issue on that set of tyres - he thought it was a puncture - so we had to change so that put us on the back foot. With hindsight I think we should have switched back to the intermediate tyre, but we didn't.

"So that was a shame, it didn't come off for us, and it means that took us out of Q3 with Sergio."

Final Qualifying Day For 2014

Editor's Picks

NTF1News: Disney Movie

NTF1News: Disney Movie

Among news items this week, tales of the Honey Badger, plus Disney's new movie about the engine row - Un-Frozen...

Winners & Losers: Brazilian GP

Winners & Losers: Brazilian GP

Nico Rosberg kept his lock-ups to a minimum as Turn 4 came back to haunt Lewis Hamilton at Interlagos...

Winners And Losers: US GP

Winners And Losers: US GP

It was a gripping race in the Lone Star state with a clinical victory for Lewis Hamilton to make it five wins in a row...

Button 'Not Fearful' Of Alonso

Button 'Not Fearful' Of Alonso

Jenson Button says he would have no problem partnering Fernando Alonso at McLaren as "nothing scares" him...

Alonso's Ferrari Highs & Lows

Alonso's Ferrari Highs & Lows

Fernando Alonso is on his way out at Ferrari, but there have been plenty of highlights and low points...