McLaren Remain Calm despite Missing 1-2

McLaren boss Ron Dennis has said his team will not let the frustration of Juan Pablo Montoya's late race incident that cost them a 1-2 finish detract their focus from winning the World Championship

McLaren Remain Calm despite Missing 1-2

Montoya was cruising to finish second behind teammate Kimi Raikkonen when he was punted off the track by Jordan's Tiago Monteiro just three laps from home. After recovering from that incident he then lost second place on the penultimate lap after running wide at Turn Eight after a flat-spotted tyre got the better of him.

Although the incident allowed Renault's Fernando Alonso to grab second and another two Championship points, Dennis said the team would concentrate on the future and not blame Montoya for what happened.

"We were struggling with a flat-spotted tyre on Juan Pablo's car so he was just pacing it," Dennis told ITV. "He was being careful under braking and got run into the back of.

"He survived that, and at that point we had to push and in pushing with a flat-spotted tyre he made a mistake and it cost us second.

"At the end of the day it is a good result for us. We've shown we can win the remaining races and we must not get agitated with situations we experienced today."

Dennis made it clear that there was no anger aimed at Montoya, especially with Raikkonen taking another dominant victory.

"Montoya said, 'I have it in control' and then he made a mistake. This is motor racing. It is frustrating and the worst thing a team can do is criticise the performance of a team member. We will take the pain together and we will take the gain together."

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