F1 » Button: Hard to understand new McLaren

Jenson Button says it is proving to be difficult to understand the new McLaren as F1 testing continues in Spain

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oligarch - Unregistered

February 22, 2013 12:55 PM

well that is a change from his quote beginning of the month about it being the best car ever. will it be the same as last year when he starts by saying "this year there are no excuses" then changes his tune soon after? that said, he is most likely sandbagging though, roll on Australia, he usually does well there, lets see what he has.

oldtimer - Unregistered

February 22, 2013 1:57 PM

Here we go again, Button's started moaning even before the season's started. It does'nt bode well especially as Perez went quite a bit quicker. My prediction for the first race is Perez 4th and Button 12th in qualifying with both failing to score points in the race.


February 22, 2013 2:05 PM

odd.....on another site button is quoted as saying that the 2013 pirellis are easier to understand! so maybe there is an inherrent problem with the car. they have already removed the side pod flow conditioners.

sokudo - Unregistered

February 22, 2013 2:10 PM

I think Button is sandbagging the car's qualities slightly. And tbf a lot of presumptions have been made about what he said. He basically said the car was difficult to understand and at times inconsistent. However, judging from test times the McLaren looks a pretty handy car performance wise. Perez actually went further in his judgement of the car, yet both have impressed. Something's amiss here imo.


February 22, 2013 2:25 PM

Well well well, as the spaniard in the Ferrari proved last year, sometimes you just need to drive the car that you have. His previous team mate seemed to just get in the car and hustle it round, his new team mate appears to do pretty much the same.


February 22, 2013 8:08 PM

Oldtimer-- here we go again is right --with regard to your predictable hate of Button.Perez set his best time on softs. Do you actually read articles or interviews or do you just see Buttons name and let rip ?.

jim crint - Unregistered

February 22, 2013 8:38 PM

I think there's a lot of baloney going on here. Yesterday the McLaren, on hards, was around a second down on the Ferrari, which was on softs, which is about the difference between the tyres so the McLaren is up there. The fact that Button chose not to do a quick lap on the soft tyres speaks volumes fpr me.

I have a feeling that Hamilton is down playing the Mercedes as well.


February 22, 2013 11:05 PM

I don't think Button is sandbagging. I believe that he really does need a car to "feel" right for him to extract performance. Most other top drivers seem to be able to drive around niggly little issues but Button lacks that.

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