F1 » Button: Suzuka win gives hope for 2012

Jenson Button believes that his Japanese GP victory will confirm McLaren as a contender in the next few races.

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JJJ - Unregistered

October 10, 2011 12:13 PM

Probably most important for Button is that he won his first dry race for McLaren yesterday and actually showed a bit more pace than Hamilton over the weekend.

Until now you would have to say that if McLaren would manage to build a class leading car next year it would most likely be Hamilton to pick up the title just because he is usually quicker in qualy and if he puts it on pole there's nobody to run into so he could just drive away at the front.

Lately though this raw speed advantage has been disappearing and with these tyres Button actually seems to have the advantage in the race...

So even if McLaren builds a dominant car it could still be an interesting championship between these two, unlike this year because Webber is suddenly slow.

Taz - Unregistered

October 10, 2011 12:54 PM

It's great to see Button doing so well, found it ironic that the media are now heaping praise on him.

When Hamilton 1st came along it was like Jenson who...he sometimes didn't even get a mention.

Do McLaren make a car that suits Button or Hamilton more next year? tricky one, Hamilton likes an oversteery(tm) car but Button doesn't....or teh Pirelli's it appears.

MikeG - Unregistered

October 10, 2011 1:22 PM

Button has really taken his opportunity and proved many 'nay sayers' including myself wrong. He has taken huge advantage from the crumbly tyres and made it work in this spec F1 endurance series. With the right car and similar rules I am sure that he could take the Red Bull's on next year.


October 10, 2011 3:13 PM

This has been a great year for Jenson. His success will only strengthen McLaren for the coming 2012 season. It's been very exciting and memorable season but it would be even better if only it were closer. I hope Jenson is right and he and McLaren delivers in 2012. Even more I hope to see Lewis back on form again so this stronger team can give a much greater challenge to Red Bull.

Sukhoi 46

October 10, 2011 6:16 PM

I was wondering what would happen to the roles of these guys in the 2012 McLaren Team. I guess Jenson could assume the lead position, which means Lewis might end up with more pressure? Whatever it maybe, it looks like next year is guaranteed with more fun filled racing. I only hope Ferrari and McLaren do some serious catchup act with Red Bull. If that's the case then it could be very difficult for Vettel :)


October 10, 2011 8:16 PM

In an era where conservation of engines, tyres, car and economy in fuel use are key, Jenson Button has come to the fore, he set his fastest lap with one lap to go in response to pressure from his pursuers, then parked it on the cool down lap with 'fuel feed issues'.


October 10, 2011 8:43 PM

Good job JB.
From journeyman to WDC in a Brawn that was the RBR of it's year. From 'second' to Lewis, to the best of the rest this year. Jenson, has really changed a lot of opinions. High Hopes for competitive chassis next year for JB and Alonzo as well for that matter. I congratulate Mr. Smooth for his 3 well earned victories this year, and expect at least two more.

50 Cent - Unregistered

October 10, 2011 10:01 PM

I would say that when it comes to pure quali speed lala still has an advantage there, not a big one but tiny bit. When it comes to racing Jenny took over a while ago, at least for now. It's the tyres that lala does not cope well with. Let me rephrase it - he is not as good as Jenny at tyre management.

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