F1 » Chinese Grand Prix 2013: Button gives McLaren a glimmer of hope

"It's not the most exciting way to go racing," admits Jenson Button of his smooth cruise to fifth place in Shanghai.

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April 14, 2013 8:03 PM

@take it or leave it
To answer your question about lulu: he probably would of ended in gravel track or on somebody else car.
Give the credit to Button, he got the best place possible with the car Macca has for the moment.

scampsuzi - Unregistered

April 14, 2013 9:19 PM

Very interesting how many comments are made after a very good Moto GP event compared to the number made today. One is plainly, and will always be, more exciting than Grand Prix, with greater characters and a whole lot more action!!


April 14, 2013 9:56 PM

Great drive by Button today and he drove brilliantly in Malaysia to. He is definitely a class above Perez and I still believe either Hulkenberg or di Resta should be in that car.

If McLaren can sort out the car soon then maybe Jenson can give us one more challenger for stunning racing. The last two races I believe have shown to the people that doubt Button (more recent race fans of F1) that he can punch above his weight when the car isn't working well.


April 14, 2013 11:08 PM
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@take it or leave it
My answer had nothing to do with 2007 but you like a lot of lulu fans like to twist the words others write!
I said: "he would end up in gravel track or on somebody else car",
meaning that he would of destroyed his tires trying to impress so the end result would be "Out of the Race".

Ben - Unregistered

April 15, 2013 1:03 AM


"...people that doubt Button (are) more recent race fans of F1..."
Really? The reality is the opposite. Button's doubters are those who have been around long enough and will tell you that there was so much expectation on Button when he started his F1 career some 13 years ago. But Button won his first race only after 6 years and 113 races in F1, despite having driven for Williams, Benetton/Renault before joining BAR.
Do you know who took his driving seat at Renault after he was let go? it was his test driver, a certain Fernando Alonso, who went on to win 2 WDC in the car with which Button could not even win a race. At Renault Button had a competitive car, but lacked the set-up skills to optimize it, by his own beliefs.
Button had his career saved by Ross Brawn after he was out of a drving seat following BAR's exit. Brawn redesigned the car, switched engine from Honda to Mercedes and added a DD that gave the car an almost 2 second advantage over the nearest competitor, thus Butt

Ben - Unregistered

April 15, 2013 1:39 AM

... over the nearest competitor, thus Button's 2009 WDC. Out of 231 starts in F1, Button has won 15.
Alonso, who started his F1 career one year later than Button, has won twice as many races as Button. Hamilton, who started F1 a distant 7 years later has 21 wins.
Therefore, Liam48, Button's doubters are those who once loved him and wanted to see him do well, but were disapointed at how much an underachiever he ended up being. Some drivers are disliked from the get go, but it hasn't been the case for Button.

oldtimer - Unregistered

April 15, 2013 9:02 AM

The reality is that Button did what he needed to do, he did'nt make mistakes or try and overdrive a car which is simply uncompetitive. It looked boring and it probably was and it can't be much fun for him having to let others past just so he could grab a few points. It was'nt racing but then F1 is'nt about racing anymore it's become a complete farce


April 15, 2013 12:08 PM

@Ben "underachiever" maybe where you come from an underachiever is a World Champion but where I'm from if you have a WC, 15 Grand Prix wins, 49 podiums, over 1,000 points scored in your Grand Prix career and beat a guy in the same team that is touted as the fastest driver in F1. I'm sorry but how can that be called an "UNDERACHIEVER"?

I have been a fan of his since 2000, always like his attitude, humility etc... in Williams it was his first season at he finished 8th in the Championship. In Renault he beat Trulli, he also beat the 1997 WC in BAR in 2003 and how can you call him an "underachiever" when he took the fight to the dominant Ferrari's in 2004, if that Ferrari wasn't so dominant Button would have had a couple of wins that year.

Maybe you set the bar far too high for what you expected from him but what he has done I have been pleased to witness and I'm glad that I'm still one of his few (true) fans that are left!

jim crint - Unregistered

April 15, 2013 12:16 PM

@ben, sorry mate, but you're talking nonsense. The Ferrari between 2000-2004 was the most competitive in the grid and the Renault that Button drove (2001-2002) just wasn't in the same race most of the time. Alonso is a great driver but his ascendency at Renault coincided with Ferraris decline. The first truly competitive car Jenson drove was the BAR in 2004, in which he was on the podium 9 times and finished 3rd in the championship behind the two Ferraris. 13 years in F1, but Jenson has only been in a competitive car in 5 of those. Before 2013 Lewis was in F1 6 years and was in a competitive car in 5 of those. Lewis' first two years were spent in the best car Completely different ratio altogether.

Button may not be the most exciting driver on the grid but neither was Jackie Stewart or Alain Prost. He's by far and away the most intelligent, as can be seen by his controlled driving yesterday.

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