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Jenson Button says he is excited by the prospect of leading McLaren in the 2013 F1 season

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Pole Position - Unregistered

December 12, 2012 5:33 PM

@ jim crint You're right. I have serious issues with "No Grip" Button and Mclaren (Martin Whitmarsh). Mclaren is my favorite F1 team and to see them struggle pains me. In my opinion Button isn't good enough to be a #1 driver. He's a good #2. My only hope is Mclaren tanks (hit rock bottom). That will probably be the only way they decide to clean house. This team needs a blood transfusion.

David Chaste - Unregistered

December 12, 2012 6:05 PM

The team needs to curb this brewing confrontation between the teammates. There were articles where Perez stated he will go for the championship next year.

McLaren needs to get it in their heads that the teams that have won the past 10 championships had a clear #1. Maybe not always at the beginning of the season, but After a certain point when 1 teammate is clearly ahead and there are maybe 6 races remaining they should back the leading driver.

blublz

December 12, 2012 7:10 PM

McLaren's Jenson Button said,
"It's not Perez who is the 'tyre whisperer', it's the car. If I was to drive my car as he drives his, then our tyres would wear out very quickly."
I recall Sergio's performance in his debut race, he seemed pretty decent back then, im looking forward to see how this one works out

Hamster - Unregistered

December 12, 2012 7:51 PM

What must you have been like last year when Button was beating your erratic and out-of-sorts idol? Must have been hell for you!
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You accuse someone of pot shot at Button and you went on to say that! "Pot and Kettle" comes to mind. Well unless they mount the engine of a Boeing 777 on the McLaren then Button should forget it, and Yes he did say the car was built to suit his driving style and he also told Eddie Jordan in an interview that he is the team leader.

JohnO - Unregistered

December 12, 2012 7:52 PM

"Even if we assume that McClaren produce a car that suits Button on a regular basis he is going to have to find a way to qualify at the front every race not just once ot twice a season and I don't see that happening."


Button was second in qualifying to Hamilton four times this past season, so with Hami out of the mix that's four poles right there. Give him an equally fast but more reliable car next year, and a little bad luck for Alonso and Vettel, and JB could certainly win his second title.

jim crint - Unregistered

December 12, 2012 8:08 PM

@pole position - well ok, that was a reasoned argument! There have been far too many problems at McLaren over recent years, this year especially. Too many failures and operational errors for such a big team.

But I think you're wrong about Button. It's easy to take a view and stick with it but look at the races he's had these past four years? Some amazing drives. Look at Monza 2010, where he went in a totally different direction to everybody else (big rear wing, etc), got in front of Alonso at the first corner and didn't make one mistake (according to Alonso, nearly beating the much faster Ferrearis (but for yet another poor call by McLaren). That, and other great drives, was not the performance of a middling lucky journeyman driver! That's about as good as it gets!

Hamster - Unregistered

December 12, 2012 8:18 PM

JohnO

He was 2nd to Hammy in Aus, Mal, Monza and Brazil

In Aus and Malaysia, McLaren was way ahead of the rest in development. Monza/Spa are very fast track but when you come to think about circuits that demands more than raw speed Like Singapore, Hungary, Spain, Abu Dhabi were Lewis got pole, Button was nowhere and thats Button's problem do you ever see Button getting pole in Monaco knowing that Schummy got Pole in a Merc

aGenuineF1fan - Unregistered

December 12, 2012 8:37 PM

@jim crint

His Canada drive was awesome despite Hamilton driving into him...."Whats he doing".

It's like people who say Vettel only wins because of the car despite the numerous technical issues he's had to work around, Newey cars are usually fragile as they are right on the edge and the fact he won at Monza in a Torro Rosso. Never let the truth get in the way of a bit of forum guff though.

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