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McLaren F1 Team Quotes: Post 2012 United States Grand Prix

by Team ZigWheels Photos: DPPI Posted on November 21, 2012 12:35 IST 797 Views

After Lewis Hamilton's win and Jenson Button's flawless driving at the 2012 United States Grand Prix, the McLaren team sheds light on their performance at the Circuit of the Americas, Austin



Martin Whitmarsh and Lewis Hamilton, McLaren F1
team, 2012 United States Grand Prix


Lewis Hamilton


Started                   2nd

Finished                 1st

Fastest lap             1m39.709s (+0.362s, 5th)

Pitstops                 One: lap 20 (2.39s) [Opt-Pri]

Points                    190 (4th) 


"I’m massively proud and extremely happy. I nearly lost my voice because I was screaming so much on the in-lap – not cool at all!  To overtake both Red Bulls in the race was the coolest thing for me. The backmarkers really came into play today – and, finally, they worked in my favour. I’ve often been caught out when I’ve been trying to get through traffic, but things finally went my way today. When Seb [Vettel] was delayed by a backmarker, I knew I had to grab my chance, so I turned the engine up to maximum revs and pushed like crazy. Along the back-straight I went to the to the outside, but Seb closed the door, so I moved to the inside, and he came back towards me. I was very lucky. It was very close. What made the difference today between Seb and me? I wanted it more, that’s what! I won the last United States Grand Prix, in 2007, so, to come back and win it again – in front of such a great crowd – feels very special indeed. There are a couple of grands prix that are somehow out on their own: there’s Monaco, Silverstone, Montreal, Spa and Monza. Now you can this circuit to that list – it’s already one of the best racetracks in the world, maybe even right up there in the top three. It’s a brilliant feeling to be finishing the season on a high. Hopefully, we’ll go to Brazil next week with the same level of performance – I’d love to win my final two races for Vodafone McLaren Mercedes." 


Jenson Button, McLaren F1 team




Jenson Button


Started                   12th

Finished                 5th

Fastest lap             1m40.150s (+0.803s, 6th)

Pitstops                 One: lap 35 (2.90s) [Opt-Pri]

Points                     163 (6th) 


"Starting on the dirty side of the racetrack was very tough – I ended up 15th by the end of the first lap. So fifth was probably the best result I could have had. I had a lot of fun this afternoon, and fought a lot of good battles on my way through. There was lots of action and lots of overtaking – and most of it was very clean, which was good to see. Obviously, however, fifth place wasn’t the result I’d have ideally liked, but the car was working really well, and, with a better grid position, I could definitely have been right up there. Still, big congratulations to Lewis and the whole Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team. It was great to race in front of so many fantastically enthusiastic American fans – they looked like they really enjoyed themselves. Before we arrived here, we knew we were going to have to put on a good show, and I think we did just that. There was action and suspense all the way through, which is exactly what you need to create a great sporting spectacle. I really hope the US will now embrace Formula 1 at last." 


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