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Whitmarsh rues missed opportunity

Tuesday 26th November 2013

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Whitmarsh rues missed opportunity

Whitmarsh rues missed opportunity

McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh believes the Woking team let a podium finish slip through their fingers at Interlagos last weekend.

McLaren went the entire season without finish in the top three once - the first time since 1980 - but after Jenson Button and Sergio Perez finished fourth and sixth respectively, Whitmarsh admitted that things could have been better for his team had they started higher than 14th and 19th on the grid.

"We are happy with the job the two guys did, and it was a race where on a few occasions it got the adrenaline going," Whitmarsh said.

"We were racing again and it is exciting. You remember why you flog yourself around the world to do it.

"If on race morning you had said fourth and sixth then I would have snatched your hand off, but in motor racing you always want more.

"If we hadn't started so far back, could we have put some pressure on and been closer to Fernando [Alonso, who finished third]. It could have been a podium."

Nevertheless, the McLaren Team Principal was pleased with the team's performance during the race after a poor second qualifying session.

"If you stand back from it, we are not here to be fourth, and we are not doing handstands," he continued.

"But given where we were after qualifying, and what the guys did, they both raced well.

"We got the strategy right, and the team and the drivers executed it really well.

"We ran a competitive downforce level and that meant we had good straight-line speed."

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