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McLaren duo split on opinion over tyre strategy

Magnussen doesn’t feel it made much difference while Button says it was the wrong decision.
Sunday, July 27, 2014

 

27th July 2014 (F1Plus / Rosie Baillie) - The McLaren duo have mixed feelings over the team’s decision to keep their drivers out on intermediate tyres as the track dried.

McLaren opted to keep Kevin Magnussen and Jenson Button on the intermediate tyres while other drivers changed to dry tyres because their forecast showed more rain was to come.

The rain didn’t come in the end but Magnussen doesn’t feel he lost too much by delaying the switch to dry tyres.

“We didn’t make the best of things today, but having started from the pitlane, I don’t think I really lost too much by choosing to stay on the Inters when everybody pitted for dries,” Magnussen said.

“I know we took a risk to wait for more rain, but I think we had to take that risk.

“I don’t think things would’ve been much different if we’d made a different strategy call, but we now need to sit down with the engineers and strategists to discuss it.”

Teammate Button on the other hand felt that the team didn’t make the right decision.

“I’m glad it was an exciting race for the fans, but it was a tough afternoon for us. We didn’t make the right decisions today,” Button said.

“As the track started to dry, we thought it was going to rain again – unfortunately, however, we were the only ones thinking that.”

McLaren picked up only one point at the Hungarian Grand Prix after Button finished tenth and Magnussen 12th.

The team are now sixth in the constructors’ title just one point behind Force India.

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