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Whitmarsh rallies his troops

Sunday 22-April-2012 16:26

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh has rallied his troops after their nightmare display in Bahrain, urging them to "pull together".

Many expected Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button to challenge for the win at the Sakhir circuit, especially after they qualified P2 and P4 respectively, but they ended up scoring just four points between them.

Hamilton finished eighth, but his race was thrown off course very early on as the team's pit stop woes continued. A problem with the left rear meant that his first two stops were considerably slower than those of his main challengers.

It was not the first time that the team had issues with the left rear during pit stops as Button also suffered the same fate in China last week.

Whitmarsh concedes they need to get their act together during pit stops, but also urged the team not to be too hard on the mechanics responsible for the errors.

"We lost a lot of time and places for Lewis [during the stops]," he told BBC Sport.

"More of a concern is generally we weren't quick enough. The frustration gets compounded when you don't perform during the stops. Ultimately, we have got to look at technique and how we do it.

"These guys volunteer to put themselves in the spotlight. There is an enormous amount of stress on them. We changed him for the last stop because he was stressed but it's our job to protect them. Things go wrong and that's life. We need to make sure we pull together."

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