Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton and Martin Whitmarsh on the Santander Italian GP
Fastest lap: 1m26.207s (+0.020s, 2nd)
Pitstops: Two: laps 17 and 33 (Op-Op-Pr)
2011 points: 167 (3rd)
Its nice to have fought my way back through to second but its frustrating to have had a problem at the start with the clutch, because it cost me dearly. I dropped back to sixth, then, at the restart, I had no way of keeping Mark [Webber] back, because his straightline speed was so strong, so I slipped to seventh.
Obviously, that enabled the leaders to get a long way out in front, and I was delayed by a further four or five seconds when Mark and Felipe [Massa] tangled in front of me at Turn One.
After that, I was able to get my head down and passed Lewis and Michael [Schumacher] within the space of about five corners, which was really satisfying. After that, I set about closing down Fernando [Alonso], it was great to be able to secure second because we got some good points for the team.
On the whole, the teams done a great job this weekend, but its the little problems that are frustrating: if you have one of those, then youre not going to beat Red Bull and Sebastian [Vettel]. Hopefully, well have no problems at the next race because if we can get everything together then we can challenge for a win.
Fastest lap: 1m26.187s (1st)
Pitstops: Two: laps 18 and 34 (Op-Op-Pr)
2011 points: 158 (5th)
It was a good race: I finished and I got some points, so I cant really complain.
At the restart, Michael [Schumacher] was on my outside; I was looking at him in my mirrors, then, all of a sudden, the guys ahead had gone, so I missed an opportunity to slipstream Sebastian [Vettel]. So they caught me napping.
We were a little bit slow on the straight today, which meant it was hard to get past Michael, who was faster along the straight even when I had my DRS activated. I had to really fight Schumacher, but the fact that I finished ahead of him meant everything was okay. Thats racing.
The support weve had in Italy the weather, the fans has all been incredible and Im really looking forward to coming back here again next year.
I doubt its still possible to beat Sebastian for the title, but well keep pushing. For now, Im looking ahead to the flyaways theyre going to be exciting and Im really focused on getting some more wins for the team.
Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
Today our cars were the quickest of the lot Lewis posted fastest lap, while Jenson took second-fastest lap but unfortunately our drivers didnt get off to good enough starts. The result was that they spent much of the race stuck behind Michael [Schumacher], whose Mercedes-Benz was remarkably quick in a straight line and extremely wide on the approaches to the corners.
Meanwhile, Seb [Vettel] was able to pull away, which was deeply frustrating for us because we knew we had the pace to take the race to him, had our guys got off to better starts.
But thats motor racing: youve got to qualify well, start well and race well. Well, this weekend we qualified pretty well, we raced very well, but we didnt start well enough.
Even so, we scored 30 world championship points this afternoon, consolidating our second place in the constructors world championship and pulling out a margin of 71 points over our closest challenger.
Now, we embark on a tough run of six fly-away races, starting in Singapore in two weeks time and ending in Brazil in late November. There are still a lot of points up for grabs, and well be doing our damnedest to bag as many of them as we possibly can.
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