In what David Coulthard has described in a Telegraph column as “the first time” he can remember a public criticism of the team’s current drivers, McLaren group chairman and former team principal Ron Dennis has castigated the team’s drivers, Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button, for criticising the qualifying pace of the McLaren MP4-25.
Dennis’ comments have been widely reported in the British media, with Dennis reportedly frustrated at comments made post-qualifying by Hamilton and Button, who have won two races apiece in 2010 and head a 1-2 in the Drivers’ Championship standings. The team also heads the Constructors’ Championship standings, but the perception of late has been that rivals Red Bull and Ferrari have the quicker cars.
Hamilton described his car as “massively down” at the Hungaroring circuit.
“We do have a very good race car,” a frustrated Dennis retorted.
“I find it infuriating when my guys say ‘I wish I was on the front row’ and build in the perception that we’re giving them cars less capable of winning races,” he added. “[But] it’s the nature of drivers.”
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