It was another bad weekend for McLaren as Jenson Button finished P13 while Sergio Perez retired.
Jenson Button: "I started on the Prime tyre, but that quickly grained and gave me problems early on in the first stint. I was happier on the Option. Our pace wasn't too bad, but the last stint was particularly tough. After the final Safety Car, there wasn't a lot of tread left on my tyres, so getting them up to temperature was very tricky - we struggle with that anyway. Into the closing laps, I was vulnerable. All the cars on fresher tyres were fighting to get past, and as soon as I went offline to defend, it became even more difficult to get temperature back into the tyre. For safety reasons, the reasons behind this weekend's tyre failures need to be addressed. It's dangerous for the driver of the car, because he can lose control; but it's also dangerous for the driver of the car behind, because you can get hit by a belt of rubber. Hopefully, things can be changed for the next race. Finally, I want to say a big 'thank-you' to all the fans who have supported us this weekend. Every year, your support seems to grow bigger, and your passion for the sport grows deeper - it has been an honour and a privilege to race in front of such an enthusiastic bunch of people. Your support has truly made my weekend. So, thank you."
Sergio Perez: "This was a big shame for the team - we needed this result. My race had been going well. I'd been running inside the top 10 for most of the afternoon when my left-rear tyre suddenly exploded. I just felt an explosion along the Hangar Straight - there was nothing I could really do about it. The tyres are a big concern. Luckily nothing too serious happened to anyone, but we need to sit down together, get an explanation and get something done. Overall, we made a solid improvement through the weekend. We made some useful improvements and showed that our pace is a step forward. Those are all positives to take away. We were just very unlucky today."
Charles Pic: "I think that was a pretty good race, I'm pleased with how it went. We were managing the tyre deg for most of the afternoon but just before the last safety car came out I was ahead of Bottas and looking at an exciting last few laps. We finally ended up 15th which is not too bad, and we were comfortably ahead of our nearest competitors so it's a reasonably positive result, despite losing a lot of the gains we'd made when the second safety car came out.
"For me this has been a good weekend, one where we've started to get a bit back to the performance levels we saw in Bahrain and Spain. The pitstops were good, we ran to a strategy that gave me a chance to fight the Williams cars until the flag and we have a lot more information about the updates we brought here, both from today and the aero work we did yesterday. Overall this puts us in a much better position than we were in when we left Canada so now we'll go straight to Germany and aim to continue this upward curve there."
Giedo van der Garde: "That was a bit of a frustrating afternoon to be honest, but there wasn't much more I could do. We started the race running with a strategy we'd begun yesterday in FP3 and in quali which was all about managing the tyre deg as long as possible so we could take advantage of anything that happened ahead. The plan was running ok and we were on target for managing the deg levels but then the first safety car came out and as we'd already boxed we effectively lost track time to everyone who hadn't stopped. With the position we were in then in the race there wasn't a lot more we could do so we continued with the plan and it was working ok for the last stint, but then we had the second safety car straight after I'd stopped again so it was back to where we'd been at the start.
"As we only had a few laps left and I was on new mediums I was able to push to the flag and had a good battle with Chilton right until we crossed the line, practically together. I did pass him with a couple of laps left, but it was very tight on track and I had to give the place back which is obviously a shame, but we had a clean fight and without the safety cars I think I'd have been clear of him.
"Even though we went into this weekend knowing we had a fight on our hands I think we've made a bit of progress, getting us nearer to where we want to be relative to our nearest rivals. Next it's Germany on a track I like racing on and, coming straight after Silverstone, we can keep pushing on. That's what this season's all about, keep learning, keep fighting and never give up."
Jules Bianchi: "Generally a difficult race, which began with quite a bad start. After that I just had to follow Charles, but it was a fight to stay with him as the Caterham was a bit stronger today. We decided to pit early but then the first safety car period followed and so that didn't work out for us. For the rest of the race it was the same story until the last safety car, which could have been another opportunity to get past, but although the gap was narrow we were unable to get by. It has not been a straightforward weekend and we have just a couple of days to get to grips with that before we head to Germany, where we hope for better things."
Charles Pic: "Today has been a day that I will never forget. I was really psyched on the grid and got a great start, which helped. I got past Jules and Pic at the start, they passed again and then I took back position and we had a really close tussle for the first few laps. They just had a little bit better pace for a few laps and I dropped behind Van Der Garde. I got passed him again right towards the end and we would have been fine but then the safety car came out and he had just pitted, so that worked out really well for him. He had the final 10 laps on new tyres and I was on old tyres, so we had a great fight, but I managed to keep him behind me at the end. All in all, an eventful weekend with so many experiences to take away with me."
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