F1 » Button: We're not suddenly going to be competitive


Jenson Button admits that he fears for his F1 title hopes after a miserable Melbourne weekend.

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jim crint - Unregistered

March 19, 2013 4:33 PM

Rob01 - what, exactly, did you expect Button to say? He hasn't driven the thing at that point. You also had Gary Anderson waxing lyrical at the start of the year as the car embodied design changes he advocated.

It is what it is. Lets see what they do with it?

Mick J - Unregistered

March 19, 2013 8:56 PM

I have sat & read every comment, some silly some near to the mark, lets not forget, any driver in F1 today is far, far superior to you or iat driving a F1 car, & it will take a brave man, or a fool to predict the outcome of this season. each driver has a strength or a weakness, its only human, the strengths get them to F1, the lack of weakness makes them champions, thats why its a fascinating sport, and the technical issues & politics more so. no one knows the true problems or reasons for why its fast or slow in hot or cold, so dont try to over analyse, lets all enjoy & not end up like football hooligans because of differences

markfrankhamf1

March 19, 2013 9:19 PM

Jim Crint ...Thanks for that :) Those great drivers weren't all on the track at the same time. .out of the eleven, 5 became world champions...Keke was early 80's...the others collected there's quite close together. .no coincidence that it was Brabham ( thanks to it's special fuel ) McLaren Williams and Ferrari picking up most if not all the accolades. .As for the Schumacher years well, we all know they (Ferrari) had the regs and the officials buttoned up..they were untouchable. .right up until Spa 2008 they were pulling the strings of Moseley. .that Monday I broke my kitchen door I I kicked it that hard. .anyway, today we have 5 world champions in their prime on the grid. .For me, this is the golden era

markfrankhamf1

March 19, 2013 9:42 PM

@ Jim Crint. ..it wasn't a puncture what caused his beaching at start of pit lane it was no rubber on the tyre! ..i wonder who made that call for him to stay out. .surely McLaren's finest was responsible for that whoopsy..it only cost him a world championship. .With Lewis, McLaren have been punching above their weight. unfortunately now, with Lewis and Co gone the proverbial wheels wheels will undoubtedly fall off. ..Jenson is a wise man so when he said before testing commenced that the latest car was miles better than the previous folks listened. .so I'm thinking here. .that wasn't Jenson's words but the words of McLaren. .just like his tv commercials for all who will pay are nonsense. .Can't blame Jenson, he spent most of his f1 years back of the grid with Honda. .so to say he wants to retire a McLaren driver hell why not. .the guy is thankful. ..

jim crint - Unregistered

March 20, 2013 11:36 AM

@markfrankham - I think Jenson says what he has to say most of the time. He's paid we'll so he can't go shooting his mouth off when he's not happy. He's a team player. But he has also fallen foul of McLaren's sometimes inept strategy calls over recent years. Notably at Monza in 2010 when he went a completely different way on set-up, got in front of Alonso at the first corner and kept both Ferraris at bay and only lost the lead as a result of a mistimed & slower pitstop.

I should imagine Button is truly thankful, who wouldn't be given what he's achieved, but I believe he had the chops to be in a front running team from 2004 onwards. He drove great that year and finished 3rd behind the Ferraris. It looked for a moment that BAR was going to be a major force, so he commited to them, then Honda, four years of mediocre cars until 2009. I think, at the very least, he's shown he deserves to be in a front running team.

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