Whitmarsh sympathetic after errors; MOTORSPORT.
After asserting following last Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix that mistakes needed to be limited in order to win the championship in a highly competitive season, errors again undid McLaren in Bahrain.
Sadly, for one unnamed team member especially, it has been a wretched two races to forget, which resulted in him beating himself up and being asked to step aside for Lewis Hamilton's final pit stop.
In China last week, Jenson Button was denied a shot at victory by a slow final change of tyres as the left wheel nut cross-threaded at the first time of asking.
Yesterday, at Hamilton's first stop, the drive pegs failed to align, again at the left rear.
Fourteen laps later, another cross-thread with the same wheel delayed Hamilton, who, from second on the grid, was forced to settle for eighth, ultimately losing his championship lead to Red Bull race winner Sebastian Vettel who took the chequered flag for the 22nd time in his career.
"Any guy who volunteers to be a gunman in a team is a brave guy," said Whitmarsh. "I've been speaking to him just now because I know how hard he is being on himself. He's taken it very badly, but I've given him the reassurance and support of this team."
"It has to be remembered all of us, from team principal down, make mistakes from time to time.
To rub salt into McLaren wounds, Button's hopes of sixth place - potentially fifth as he was closing in on Nico Rosberg in his Mercedes - were wrecked by a late puncture and cracked exhaust, forcing him to retire a lap from home.
"That was the classic bad day at the office," added Whitmarsh. "We had two bad pit stops, a puncture caused by an exhaust failure which damaged the (differential), and we were slow. We didn't have the pace, but then a few other things went wrong to make it a really difficult afternoon."
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|Publication:||Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)|
|Date:||Apr 23, 2012|
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