McLaren blames tyre strategy for missing points in F1 Canadian GP

McLaren has blamed its tyre strategy for its failure to finish in the points in the Canadian Grand Prix

McLaren blames tyre strategy for missing points in F1 Canadian GP

Jenson Button and Sergio Perez both missed out on the top 10 on Sunday, bringing a run of 64 consecutive points-scoring finishes for McLaren to an end.

Team principal Martin Whitmarsh is in no doubt that if the team had made a better tyre choice then it would have extended that record.

Stats: McLaren's points record grinds to a halt

"The whole weekend was a difficult one," he said. "We weren't quick enough. After qualifying, which didn't go well for us, it was difficult for us to recover from that.

"With hindsight we should have started on the prime, and we should have pushed harder on the prime because it was a much more durable and much quicker tyre than we anticipated.

"Even when we got Jenson on the prime, we gave him relatively slow target laps because we were fearful of not reaching the end. But actually he was much quicker at the end.

"We could have got into the points, but we didn't. We didn't plan it well, but we certainly weren't quick enough anyway to be up with the frontrunners.

"It was one of those weekends, apart from coming with a car that wasn't quick enough, where everything didn't fall into place.

"We should have scored some points, but we weren't fast enough this weekend."

Whitmarsh added that the end of McLaren's record run of points finishes was not a major cause for disappointment.

"Someone once said to me you don't remember tough times," he said.

"It's obviously sad our record for consecutive races in the points is at an end, which is tough, but we don't worry about that.

"We're just frustrated we didn't do a better job."

shares
comments
Valtteri Bottas says Canadian Grand Prix slump was inevitable
Previous article

Valtteri Bottas says Canadian Grand Prix slump was inevitable

Next article

Ferrari sure it could have fought Vettel in the Canadian Grand Prix

Ferrari sure it could have fought Vettel in the Canadian Grand Prix
Why it's Red Bull that really leads a three-way fight so far at Silverstone Plus

Why it's Red Bull that really leads a three-way fight so far at Silverstone

After a slow start to Friday at Silverstone, all the Formula 1 teams had to effectively cram in a day’s worth of practice into one hour. But there was still plenty to learn and while Ferrari topped the times, a three-way battle is brewing ahead of the British Grand Prix

Why the future is bright for the British GP Plus

Why the future is bright for the British GP

It wasn’t so long ago the situation looked bleak at Silverstone with the future of the British Grand Prix under threat. But a transformation has seen it restored to one of the most important races on the Formula 1 calendar, with bigger and better to come

Formula 1
Jul 1, 2022
Could mixed fortunes for F1's leading Brits turn around at Silverstone? Plus

Could mixed fortunes for F1's leading Brits turn around at Silverstone?

For the first time in many years, none of the local racers starts among the favourites for the British Grand Prix. But George Russell, Lewis Hamilton and Lando Norris could have reasons for optimism

Formula 1
Jun 30, 2022
Verstappen exclusive: Why F1’s champion isn’t fazed by Silverstone return Plus

Verstappen exclusive: Why F1’s champion isn’t fazed by Silverstone return

Max Verstappen is the world’s number one racing driver… and he’s determined to keep it that way. Speaking exclusively to GP Racing's OLEG KARPOV, the Red Bull driver explains why he’s relishing the 2022 championship battle with Charles Leclerc – and why he’s not worried about returning to Silverstone, the scene of the biggest accident of his career last year

Formula 1
Jun 30, 2022
Why Red Bull’s RB17 hypercar can help its F1 team Plus

Why Red Bull’s RB17 hypercar can help its F1 team

On Tuesday, Red Bull laid out its plans to develop and build a new hypercar - the RB17 - penned by Adrian Newey. As the project itself sates Newey as a creative outlet, it also offers Red Bull's Formula 1 team a number of new and exciting avenues to pursue

Formula 1
Jun 29, 2022
What to expect from Mercedes as F1 returns to Silverstone Plus

What to expect from Mercedes as F1 returns to Silverstone

OPINION: The British Grand Prix is a home event for Lewis Hamilton and George Russell, with their Mercedes team based just a few miles away too. But there’s another reason why the Silver Arrows squad is eager to arrive at Silverstone this weekend, which may help it fix its remaining problems with its 2022 Formula 1 challenger

Formula 1
Jun 29, 2022
The “solemn promise” that cost quiet hero Brooks an F1 title Plus

The “solemn promise” that cost quiet hero Brooks an F1 title

After two terrifying crashes, one of the best British racers of the 1950s retired before his career peaked. But that’s why GP Racing’s MAURICE HAMILTON was able to speak to Tony Brooks in 2014. Like his friend Stirling Moss, Brooks was regarded as one of the best drivers never to have won the world championship. Here, as our tribute to Brooks who died last month, is that interview in full

Formula 1
Jun 27, 2022
Inside the Faenza facility where AlphaTauri’s F1 pragmatic vision is realised Plus

Inside the Faenza facility where AlphaTauri’s F1 pragmatic vision is realised

AlphaTauri’s mission in F1 is to sell clothes and train young drivers rather than win the championship – but you still need a cutting-edge factory to do that. Team boss Franz Tost takes GP Racing’s OLEG KARPOV on a guided tour of a facility that’s continuing to grow

Formula 1
Jun 26, 2022