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McLaren suffer qualifying woes

Both drivers from McLaren are a long way off their main rivals, with Sergio Perez in 15th and Jenson Button in 10th.
Sunday, March 17, 2013

Melbourne, 17th, 2013 (F1plus/G. Polychronis).- The McLaren-Mercedes team is placed in a difficult situation ahead of Sunday's race, as both drivers are well off the pace of their main contenders, which is displayed by their poor qualifying results.

Tyre decisions proved to be Perez' main influence on his poor qualifying result, which he reiterated:

"The luck was not with us today, because when we put the first set of Options on, I had a puncture and when I went back to the pits, I lost a lot of time because of the puncture that happened in turn 9. So I lost a lot of time to come back into the pits and then we went for another set of Options, there was no time to come back to the pits and put the Inters on."

It was a very difficult situation for all teams involved and tyre decisions were crucial, however McLaren got it wrong and as a result, Perez will start in fifteenth position for the race.

He also showed hardly any confidence in the McLaren outfit. When asked what he thinks the car is capable of in these conditions, he stated:

"I think Jenson showed [the quality of the car] us today. I think he did a good qualifying and I think he is probably one of the best drivers in these conditions and he only managed to get P10."

The team was also unable to make the right decision with Button in terms of tyres. He agrees that the race will be extremely difficult, due to the scrub tyres that he must start on.

"I think in the top 10, everyone's [tyres] grained. I think the only person who doesn't look like they've got grained tyres is Mark Webber, which is very impressive. Everyone else is pretty grained and I'm the worst by a long way, because I did many more laps. It's going to make the start of the race very interesting."

McLaren will need to gain as many points as possible in Sunday's race and focus on the next race in Malaysia. 

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