F1 » Button takes hope from Alonso issues

Jenson Button says McLaren can take hope from the way in which Ferrari and Fernando Alonso battled back to challenge for the F1 title last year

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Helpful - Unregistered

March 20, 2013 11:38 AM

Of course a top team can turn it around... Aus was only one race after all! The real question is can your team turn it around JB? I for one, hope so. It would be a great season. Always good to see a british team and british driver do well.

bob - Unregistered

March 20, 2013 12:08 PM

Button is a top driver when everything works for him, the car needs to be perfect for him to be at the front, he seems unable to drive around issues with the car. Mclaren should be capable of turning things around, but having more than a few of the tech dept leaving the team, do they still have depth of knowledge they need this year? you have to wonder whats going on at woking!

Mojo Jojo

March 20, 2013 12:12 PM

Ah, Alonso, the master of low expectations. Ever since moving to Ferrari, he has put on this persona of the hardworking underdog. The car is not good but he is making it look good - driving beyond what it is capable of.

But really, he has been with them for three years now and has still not helped develop a strong car from the get go?

I thought he was great at helping develop cars?

We can give Jenson a pass. After all this is his first real year leading the team and having major input on development. And personally, I think he can do it.

oldtimer - Unregistered

March 20, 2013 12:15 PM

He might well hope but he is not the same sort of driver as Alonso, he likes his car a certain way and if he has'nt got that he struggles. Ferrari never totally sorted their car and I doubt McClaren will either, according to my contacts there are quite a few things that need to be addressed, lets all hope that Mclaren can get back on track, I for one would like to see Button win another championship and time is running out for him.


March 20, 2013 12:18 PM

I felt a little sorry for JB after the race on Sunday, a smooth operator like him shouldn't have been making statements about the car being the best ever without actually driving it, he must have forgotten about telling us he wasn't too worried about Alonso last year in Malaysia. It looks like this season, the armchair ride of being with a team (almost) guaranteed of winning half a dozen races per year is gone, the most experienced driver on the grid is going to need to earn his retainer this year, and not before time he has pointed out what is expected of a top driver at a top team. They might get nowhere near the championship, but I wouldn't like to see him to be as anonymous as he was in 2008

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