F1 » Button to 'reboot' in China

Jenson Button: Taking home two points from the first two races obviously wasn't what we had in mind at the beginning of the year, but I think everybody in the team has picked themselves up

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D-Fuct - Unregistered

April 05, 2013 5:31 PM

Oh god no, not another bloody JB thread... it's all so incredibly dull. I know for a FACT that the 2013 WDC will be the bloke who gets the most points, the end.

Anyway, cue 2009, Brawn, Lewis Hamilton, luck, etc etc...

Button haters... ready, steady - GOOOO!!!!!

oldtimer - Unregistered

April 05, 2013 5:31 PM

The next race will be a real test of whether Mclaren have started to address the problems they started with. I f the car needed substantial modifying then it is unlikely they will have had time to do too much, if not and the problems have been addressed by developing what they have then hopefully they will be on the pace. Button needs a top three finish if he is to enter the race for the championship because I doubt that the other contenders are suddenly going to be uncompetitive and he simply cannot rely on others suffering from problems. I hope he has a great race and a win would be a great bonus.

Ben - Unregistered

April 05, 2013 6:58 PM

I don't understand why Jenson Button will consider the high speed direction of Shanghai an opportunity for McLaren to overtake when they're at best 1.5 seconds off the pace. I will call those high speed tracks a liability for McLaren at this point, at least until they get up to speed, unless they are talking about overtaking the Sauber or the Torro Rosso.

The other thing I am trying to figure out is the fact that everyone at McLaren says that the team has made progress in Malaysia compared to their performance in Australia. Malaysia was just 7 days after Australia and we all know that the teams did not have the time to bring any new updates with them. Therefore, could it be that McLaren's problem lies on finding the right set-up on that car? I would say McLaren was able to improve on the right set-up in Malaysia. Looks like the problem is not necessarily the car, but also the drivers not setting-up the car properly.


April 05, 2013 7:08 PM

ben. macca removed a piece of the diffuser, close to the rear tyre. this allowed spill from the diffuser, and improved through flow and hence speed. only a small change but it DID provide gains. and if they can find gains in 5 days, there is the chance of more gains for china.

gp - Unregistered

April 05, 2013 11:54 PM

ben your right
those two do not know how to set up the cars
jenson was helped by barichello while at brawn
then lewis @ macca.
looks like trouble ahead for macca...

jim crint - Unregistered

April 06, 2013 9:04 AM

ben, gp, in 2009, the last time McLaren produced a real dog of a car, Lewis had a spell, from Spain to the British GP where he finished 12, 13, 16, 18. He supposed 'superior set up skills didn't help him then, eh? There are some things you cannot drive around, or dial out of a car! After Silverstone, the real low point, Lewis then won the Hungarian GP and was competitive for the rest of the season. The team, obviously including Lewis, finally got a handle on the cars problems, new parts worked and they were away!

Jenson was in 5th place in Sepang when McLaren blew the pit stop. His strategy meant that he would have been up with the Mercedes after their last stop. If that's not a turn around I don't know what is?

richard, good info. Very interesting!

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