McLaren's Jenson Button & Martin Whitmarsh angry with Caterham drivers after losing fifth
Jenson passed by Hamilton on final lap after hitting traffic
By James Galloway. Last Updated: 07/07/13 6:11pm
Jenson Button has accused Caterham drivers Charles Pic and Giedo van der Garde of "destroying" his attempts to beat Lewis Hamilton to fifth place in the German GP.
The McLaren drivers were the only two in the top ten to adopt a two-stop strategy in Sunday's race and after a particularly strong drive Button was holding fifth place into the closing laps, which had he stayed there would have equaled McLaren's best result of their disappointing season.
However, after ultimately being overhauled for the position by former team-mate Lewis Hamilton at turn two on the final lap, Button hit out at the lapped Caterham pair after losing time behind them on the previous few laps.
"Really hoping to get fifth there but the Caterhams destroyed that possibility really," an angry Button told Sky Sports F1.
"They're obviously racing for position but when you get blue flags, you get blue flags and you move over. But every time I tried to put it up the inside they just turned in.
"It's a shame when it costs you so much and those points could be important to us in the championship."
His team boss Martin Whitmarsh was similarly upset with how the final few laps panned out for Button, and put the blame on the Caterham pitwall for not keeping their drivers informed about the situation developing behind them.
"We're a little bit frustrated because we had raw and terrible traffic at the end. Jenson lost a couple of seconds," Whitmarsh argued.
"You get teams that are racing for 19th and 20th with two cars and they just don't get on and tell their drivers there's someone coming up. It was at a critical point and so he lost over a couple of seconds to Lewis and that put Lewis on him with a lap to go, otherwise he would have kept that place."
While suffering the late disappointment, Button was at least pleased to see the Woking team back on the up after failing to score points in consecutive races. With Sergio Perez finishing eighth, and Force India not scoring, McLaren have closed to within ten points of fifth place in the standings.
"So a pity, but all in all as a team we haven't put a foot wrong this weekend, so we should be happy with our weekend," he added.
"The strategy was good and I feel I had a very good weekend personally. Sixth is probably a little bit better than what we expected here and we've just got to make sure we have some improvements for the next race."