McLaren expecting improvement in the dry
21 July 2012 – Once Mark Webber’s grid penalty is applied, McLaren will start just sixth and seventh for Sunday’s German Grand Prix, with Jenson Button having out-qualified Lewis Hamilton for the first time this year. Despite the disappointment, Team Principal Martin Whitmarsh is confident the Woking team will perform better in the race.
“We couldn’t get temperature into the tyres, so you don’t know its limit because it’s too cold and you can’t hit the brakes either because you’ll lock up,” Button explained. “It’s an issue we’ve had for a few races and an area where we need to improve. In dry running, however, the pace is very good - we just struggle in wet conditions to get the tyres working.”
With Hamilton also believing that the car should be quicker in the dry, Whitmarsh backed up the opinions of his two drivers.
“The bad news is that we weren’t quick enough in Q3’s wet conditions, but the good news is that the dry pace of our car appears to be very good,” he began. “It’s looking dry for tomorrow, it’s going to be a long race and we have two great racing drivers, so we’re optimistic of getting a decent result.”
McLaren last won at Hockenheim when Hamilton recovered from a strategic error to pass Felipe Massa and Nelsinho Piquet in his title season, 2008.