Whitmarsh thrilled with front row result
17 March 2012 – Martin Whitmarsh has heaped praise on drivers Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button for their qualifying efforts in Australia on Saturday, with the pair able to secure their first full front-row start as team-mates. Hailing a 'great car' and 'two fantastic drivers', the Team Principal is hopeful that an equally strong race result can be achieved.
"It is obviously pretty important to have a front row here for us, but both drivers did a fantastic job for us. It’s tight, there are a few surprises up there. But we have a great race car and two fantastic race drivers. Jenson struggled a bit with the tyres, but he nailed it at the end."
Prior to this afternoon, McLaren's last one-two qualifying finish came at the Valencia Street Circuit in 2009, with Hamilton leading then team-mate Heikki Kovalainen.
Further post-qualifying feelings from McLaren:
- 'Hamilton had the upper hand' - Button
- Hamilton 'massively proud' of McLaren