Singapore F1 Grand Prix 2011: Race Report - Jenson P2, Lewis P5 (VMM)

- MP4-26A-04
- Started: 3rd
- Finished: 2nd
- Fastest lap: 1m48.454s (1st)
- Pitstops: Three: laps 14, 30 and 48 (Op-Pr-Op-Op)
- 2011 points: 185 (2nd)

“I was being told throughout the race to look after the car and the tyres; the only time I was really able to push was in the last 12 laps, when I chased down Seb on the super-soft tyre.

“I gave it everything - but, in the end, we didn’t quite have the pace to make up the gap. Still, I think we had the best possible strategy for both Saturday and Sunday, and I couldn’t realistically have asked for a better result this weekend.

“In fact, we didn’t make any mistakes this weekend and, as a team, I think we did the best possible job with the equipment we had. We need to improve a few things in our package, but I think Suzuka should suit us a little better (than Marina Bay).

“I’ve had a run of podium finishes recently, so I’d really love to finish one step higher at the next race!”

- MP4-26A-03
- Started: 4th
- Finished: 5th
- Fastest lap: 1m50.832s (+2.378s, 4th)
- Pitstops: Five: laps 11, 13 (front-wing change), 15 (drive-through), 29 and 48 (Op-Op-Pr-d/t-Op-Pr)
- 2011 points: 168 (5th)

“Congratulations to Seb on a great drive - he drove fantastically all weekend.

“And well done to Jenson, too - he showed what was possible from our package by really getting the maximum out of it. He nearly brought home the victory too - so I’m encouraged that we can continue to challenge for wins for the rest of the season.

“I had fun picking off cars after my penalty, but it was frustrating to once again be down the field when I felt we had a car that could have challenged up at the front.

“For me, this weekend was a bit of a missed opportunity. As always, though, I’ll put it behind me - I’m already looking forward to Suzuka!”

Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

“Jenson drove a truly fabulous race yet again - and bagged 18 valuable world championship points as a result.

“He controlled his pace faultlessly, looked after his tyres brilliantly, and then attacked the Marina Bay circuit with total commitment at the end when aggression rather than circumspection was called for. But for a bit of bad luck in the form of a few backmarkers whom he encountered at precisely the inopportune moment, he could well have snatched a truly sensational victory.

“He’s now a clear second in the drivers’ world championship too.

“Lewis had a more frustrating day, but drove with great determination to finish fifth at the chequered flag, pulling off some fantastic passing manoeuvres in so doing.

“All in all, he had to make five visits to the pit lane - so, as I say, bearing that in mind, fifth place was a seriously impressive achievement.

“Next, though, we go to Suzuka, which is one of the great circuits on the Formula One calendar from a driver’s point of view.

“Both Lewis and Jenson will be aiming for ultimate honours there - as indeed they will in all the remaining races of the 2011 season.”

* Official photos and report courtesy of VODAFONE MCLAREN MERCEDES *

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