F1 » McLaren: We're 100% behind Button


McLaren has taken the blame for Jenson Button's poor result in Canada, accepting that it failed to give the Briton a competitive car.

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Liam48 - Unregistered

June 12, 2012 12:43 PM

The last three rounds Button has had some sort if problem on Friday which has clearly hampered his set up and this year especially it is critical to get as much track time as possible!

Come on McLaren & Jenson get this problem sorted it's sad to see such a great driver struggling it's like Massa all over again! We need all the world champions back up the front again, if they don't get it sorted soon then Jenson will definitely be out if the championship running very soon!

matt - Unregistered

June 12, 2012 12:55 PM

their reason for his bad performance in canada is acceptable,but what about the other places he's been just as poor in quali and the race?he had plenty practice time before those races.

SennaPart2 - Unregistered

June 12, 2012 1:00 PM

If Whitmarsh isnt simply playing diplomatic corporporate politics then my conclusion is that McLaren as a team are evidently not ready to take either championships. Despite their resources and experience they appear to have teething problems of a young inexperienced team, way too many mistakes at every race.
Redbull as a team are the top dogs, they are great at strategy and nimble! As a team principal, Whitmarsh must obviously be intelligent but I suspect he gets overwhelmed when various factors concurrently come into play on the race day.

nonbias - Unregistered

June 12, 2012 1:21 PM

Granted Jenson has had gearbox and clutch issues in Canada leading to reduced practice time, but in the other couple of races pre this one his quali has been poor leading to poor races. I think Sam Michaels sums it up when saying one driver can adapt where the other needs the car setup to be exact. We have seen Vetel and Alonso get to grips with there cars throughout this season when the Ferrari and the RB8 was not performing the way they would of liked but yet pre Canada they were leading the championship and as for Lewis he has been driving well all season and as DC said it has not been his fault that he had not won a race pre Canada.

Hamilton has been a victim of some poor Mclaren calls and errors but as just got on with it, i feel Jenson needs to do the same and he will come good again.

nonbias - Unregistered

June 12, 2012 1:46 PM

I did not see Sam Micheal on the wheel gun. Jenson fanboys just have to except the reality about their man just as the Hamilton fanboys had to except that Lewis imploded in 2011.

Wolfy35

June 12, 2012 1:47 PM

Jenson has long had the reputation of being really smooth & kind with his tyres.

This years McLaren is supposedly one of the kindest cars on the grid as far as tyres are concerned.

There is talk around the paddock that this years Pirelli tyres need drivers to be fairly aggressive to get them up to temperature so are we seeing Jenson now being hampered by what has in the past been a desirable quality?

oldtimer - Unregistered

June 12, 2012 1:48 PM

Button has always been an inconsistent driver, he has a couple of good races and then a string of bad results. Rightly McClaren have taken some of the blame this time but the facts are that Button is not able to qualify higher enough most of the time and struggles with minor problems. I'm a great if highly critical fan but if Button wants to win the championship again he needs to learn to drive around the problems. The best drivers especially Alonso always get the best out of what thay have, Button does not, hence his continuing problems. On his day he can match the best but that is far too seldom for him to be ranked with the best drivers. I suspect that there are a lot od drivers who could and would do a far better job given the chance.

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