2014 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX
Circuit of the Americas, Sunday November 2
Despite being involved in a number of spirited scraps – both drivers encountered varying degrees of tyre degradation in the closing stages of this afternoon’s race.
Jenson was the worse affected of the two, dropping from eighth to 12th in just a handful of laps at the end. However, his determined fight to stay abreast of the chasing cars meant that Kevin, who had been running just ahead of him, was able to establish a useful cushion over the chasing pack.
The four points scored this afternoon further consolidate McLaren’s fifth position in the constructors’ championship, moving the team 24 points clear of sixth-placed Force India.
“Eighth position isn’t a fantastic result, but I honestly don’t think we could have got much more out of the car this afternoon.
“I can’t be too unhappy with today’s result, but it’s not really been a weekend for the team to remember. Still, we now head straight to Brazil for another grand prix in just a few days’ time – I’m really looking to driving at Interlagos, which looks like a fantastic racetrack, and I very much hope we can have a better weekend there.”
“It’s unusual for our car to suffer tyre degradation as damaging as we did today, and I experienced particularly significant issues with the rears. Their surface temperatures were getting really hot, yet their core temperatures were dropping. That meant we were slipping and sliding around, and as a result I was really struggling compared with the drivers around me.
“Hopefully, Brazil will suit us a little bit better.”