Published: 09:55 10/07/2011
McLaren boss, Martin Whitmarsh insists his team is not to be written off ahead of today's British Grand Prix, however, following a disappointing qualifying display online bookmakers don't fancy a British win at Silverstone - with Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton made best price of 24/1 and 33/1 respectively to finish atop the podium.
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Following qualifying, Jenson Button will be the leading home driver and lines up in fifth, one place ahead of Scotland's Paul Di resta, who produced a superb lap in his Force India for a career-high position on the grid.
Fellow McLaren team-mate and British hope, Lewis Hamilton will start down in 10th after struggling for pace in the third sector and only managing a best lap that was almost two seconds down from the benchmark set by Red Bull's Mark Webber.
Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel secured second in qualifying, and has been made the bookmaker's favourite to go on to victory in today's British Grand Prix. Longstanding British bookmaker - William Hill offers best price of 15/8 for the defending World Champion to pick up another win for team Red Bull. Qualifying leader, Webber is available at best price of 2/1 - also at William Hill.
However, the only other team to win a Grand Prix so far this year is McLaren when Lewis Hamilton came out on top in the Chinese Grand Prix and boss Whitmarsh believes his team is by no means out of contention.
"We did not put in a competitive showing in qualifying," said the McLaren team boss.
"Our car is not quick enough and that's how it is. But we are not giving up on the championship."
"We are not going to give up. We are not resting on our Laurels. There is no team in the world that can recover a situation as quickly and strongly as this team"
"Lewis did a fantastic job but in Q3 the team made, in my view, a mistake," Whitmarsh added.
"Lewis went out on used option tyres at the beginning and we let him down. Jenson coped with it very well."
"Is it going to be difficult to beat the Red Bulls? Yes, it is going to be very, very difficult. Is it going to be difficult to beat the Ferraris? Yes. But we will be tough enough and resilient enough to power through."
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