McLaren insist they've combated pit-lane pain with 800 practice stops in a week
21:00 GMT, 5 July 2012
McLaren are confident that completing 800 practice tyre changes this week has solved the pit-stop problems which have hurt Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton this season.
Sporting director Sam Michael has been under the spotlight after a string of errors, but he feels his crew have improved.
‘We had the fastest stationary time in Montreal and improved that in Valencia with the 2.6sec stop,’ said Michael.
Fine-tuning: A McLaren technician works on Jenson Button's car at Silverstone
Victim: Lewis Hamilton has endured a series of pit-lane blunders this season
‘But our target is not the fastest stationary time but the fastest average. Our target is three-second stops consistently. On Monday we completed 800 pit stops with no faults at all.’
Meanwhile, Pirelli boss Paul Hembery has dismissed Button’s claim that fans could be starved of action in practice on Friday because teams fear using their wet and intermediate tyres before qualifying and the race.
‘The tyres are not a problem,’ he said. ‘Teams will not want to run in seriously wet weather in case their cars crash.’