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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Firestorm - Unregistered

March 20, 2013 2:03 PM

Hey guys! Have not very much too say as I red the comments above and I must say that I agree with you saying that Alonso is much better than Button. But I think that it will be a good test for McLaren, improving a car without Paddy Lowe. They have many talented people on board and I believe that they will succeed on their mision. But they must do like Ferrari last year which at round 5 was already a competitve car with Alonso making the podium in Spain, Monaco and fighting for victory in Canada, then winning in Valencia. I am afraid that Button can't do that, McLaren maybe can't do that this year. I think that McLaren will have a similar season to that of the 2009, only by mid-season they will have a winning car and only mathemathics will keep them on the fight.


March 20, 2013 2:26 PM

Not even going to bother checking up on these posts, as previously stated, it'll just be full of cr@p with people slagging him off.

All I can say is good luck JB, hoping for the best!

Ben - Unregistered

March 20, 2013 2:47 PM

OMG! McLaren, through Button, is now praying for a wet race to score points? Ferrari never wished for that last year when they were struggling early on. And just what makes Button believe that when it raines, he will not be one of the victims?
He says he enjoys driving under changeable conditions, just as he also said he is master of managing tyres. I am afraid facts show otherwise: Button would have been out in Q1 last Sunday if it was not for a big improvement of the track. He was 16th with less than 2mn left in Q1 when the rain stopped and the track improved, helping him to move up on his last run. Regarding tyre management, who had the upper hand in making his tyres last longer last year, him or Hamilton? I am just talking facts here.

Van der Garde - Unregistered

March 20, 2013 2:59 PM

I was really surprised with the way both Button and Withmarsh are criticizing this years car. I know their off the pace (again) but it's only been one race. McLaren where know for their developing capabilities during the season. But in the last few interviews i've seen their acting like this year is over allready. Now Button is comparing it to last years ferrari, but the reason Alonso almost won the championship was consistency, massa being a teamplayer and allot of mistakes from their competitors (McLaren mostly).


March 20, 2013 3:07 PM

ben. actually ferrari/alonso DID in fact look forward to wet races!

vdg. i think that button was referring to the fact that macca, with their new pullrod, are suffering the same teething problems as ferrari were last year. so, seeing that ferrari sorted out the problems successfully, then macca will be fast when they sort out their problems

John - Unregistered

March 20, 2013 4:59 PM

"Not in the race he was'nt and only very nearly in practice!"

The claim that Alonso was "one and a half seconds off the pace" at the start last year is based entirely on his qualifying pace in Australia and not on his race pace.

Buttons qualifying time in Q3 was three seconds off the pace.

Button - Unregistered

March 20, 2013 5:33 PM

There is nothing 'fundamentally' wrong with a car and reckons recent struggles are down to it simply not finding a good enough set-up. Button can't set-up CAR


March 20, 2013 6:28 PM
Last Edited 986 days ago

yes, macca may very well be able to do as Ferrari did in 12, but what button is perhaps forgetting is he (button) is no Alonso, in point of fact I'm not even sure if he'd be able to hold a candle to our little Spanish friend


March 20, 2013 6:34 PM
Last Edited 986 days ago

If Button does not want to be totally out of the championship a change to the old car is his only hope. He will then have all of last years setups to draw on, which is half as good as having Hamilton back on side for this season. Be it Hamilton or Barrichello, Button needs someone with more setting up ability to turn round a car.

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