F1 » Button: McLaren playing ‘long game’


Jenson Button expects McLaren's MP4-28 to come on strong as the 2013 F1 season progresses, but is still hoping to add his his strong of Melbourne victories.

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michael fornarina - Unregistered

March 09, 2013 9:20 PM

@Fernandabulous - Re Mac pit errors and reliability -- I think Mclaren (under Sam Michael's direction) were experimenting with a new faster pit stop method -- and unfortunately for LH -- it was Hamilton who usually got screwed when the new method had teething problems.. however, if you noticed later in the season Mac started doing blistering pit stops on par with Redbull. On Reliability.. I think Paddy Lowe continued the Mclaren/Adrian Newey tradition of getting more speed by building the car with the lightest, flimsiest components allowable -- Newey has since moved on from doing this at Redbull (remember uprights shattering like glass on David Coulthard's past Redbull Racing car? ) -- unfortunately, I think Paddy Lowe has not moved on from this design philosophy as was shown with the flimsiness of the MP4/27-- perhaps Paddy will have a re-think during his time at his new team Mercedes F1. -- 'Nother rumor/possibility Some have blamed Mercedes for (possibly) giving McL slightly differ

michael fornarina - Unregistered

March 09, 2013 9:31 PM

That was weird.. someone DISAGREED with my saying the Mclaren MP4-28 is a different car.. from MP4/27 -- how the heck can you 'disagree' with obvious technical specs -- go to Mclaren website and read the specs on the car.. (and compare with MP4.27)it is a wholly different car.. there is nothing to disagree with.

See Quote from Martin Whitmarsh --
'Martin Whitmarsh: It's important to remember that our MP4-28 is A NEW and uncompromising DESIGN'

jim crint - Unregistered

March 11, 2013 12:01 PM

'....Button is only fast enough to challenge the top guys when he has a distinct car advantage...'

Like in 2011 when he beat his team mate in an identical car. What advantage, pray tell, did he have over Lewis Hamilton that year? Other than an engaged brain and superior driving skills. Oh, and also beat Webber in a Red Bull, a much better car than the McLaren that year.

Jenson's success in F1 has nothing to do with car 'advantage' and everything to do with a set-up that suits his driving style. If McLaren have built a car that works for him his way, and if they can get the tyres to work effectively, he'll stand a great chance this year of being WDC again.

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