Another DNF for McLaren – Faulty gearbox forces Lewis Hamilton to an early exit from Singapore
McLaren has produced the most unexpected results this season. Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button have recorded a number of spectacular victories with flawless performances from their cars. However, the very same machines have been giving the duo reasons for frustration as well.
After recording a magnificent victory during the Italian Grand Prix at Monza last week, Lewis Hamilton was left to rue over a wasted opportunity in cutting down Fernando Alonso’s lead on top of the Drivers Standings.
The 27-year-old Briton was leading the race before his car started showing problems. A few onlookers saw Lewis Hamilton’s car spraying oil, but their claims were labelled as speculation.
Soon it was revealed that Lewis Hamilton’s car was indeed acting up. Eventually, Lewis Hamilton had to make a premature retirement at Marina Bay. This allowed Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel to become the new pack leader.
The young German driver maintained his lead till the end of race to win his first race in five months. Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton returned to the pit where it soon became clear that his car was suffering from a faulty gearbox.
McLaren has pretty good cars running in the Championship, but somehow reliability has created more than a few dozen problems. This wasn’t the first time McLaren Did Not Finish the race this season.
In a press conference after the race, Jenson Button came in front of media to talk about the race. The 32-year-old Briton told reporters that McLaren hadn’t warned him about an reliability concerns, but that didn’t mean he wasn’t thinking about it.
“No, they didn’t say anything. I obviously knew that it was a… I still don’t know… but I’m guessing it was a gearbox problem,” Jenson Button said in reference to McLaren team.
“For about three or four laps it was spraying gearbox oil. I thought it was the backmarker at the time, and then I saw Lewis pull over so I knew that was from his car. It’s disappointing for the team to have another DNF - two weekends on the trot.”
“It’s something that we need to sort out because as a team over the race weekends we’re doing a great job and the pace is there with the car. Over the last few races the results we’ve had have been very good but it’s just we can’t seem to do that with both cars. It’s something for sure we need to work on for the rest of the season.”