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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Yak - Unregistered

February 24, 2013 11:28 PM

His claim of "best car we've ever made" or whatever, was just something said at a media event before they'd even put the car around a track. Anyone who actually took that claim seriously pretty much has no business trying to analyse the running order.

michael fornarina - Unregistered

February 23, 2013 6:31 AM

Is possible Button is sandbagging .. but judging from his inconsistent pace on long-runs.. I would say the car is fast but as he says, not consistent, it might be the new push-rod front suspension Ferrari struggled with consistency as well.. (but also Ferrari had wind tunnel issues, which Mclaren does not) - and keep in mind, Button as team leader.. this is the car he said that he was bending and twisting in order to suit him, his wants, his needs, his driving style.. So I hope for his sake he is sandbagging. But as a Ferrari fan I actually hope he is being brutally honest.


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.

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 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 ?.


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.

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.

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