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Jenson Button says McLaren can still challenge for the F1 title this year - but insists that the Spanish Grand Prix will be key

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KevinW - Unregistered

April 16, 2013 3:15 PM

Problem is... teams that truly understand their car don't deliver cars that are as far off as the McLaren is right now. Ferrari was not this far off in 2012, and even with Alonso in the pocket, could not win the WDC or WCC. McLaren will be disappointing with its upgrades, just as its is disappointed in the car as a whole - for the same reasons. Even if they now miraculously become competitiive, Button is no match for the Seb, Lu Lu, Ferdy, Kimi gauntlet in front of him. THAT would take a car that is as much quicker than the field as the Brawn was in early 2009, which will never happen again under the current rules, DRS/KERS, and junk tire structure of F1 today. Bottom line: Button simply cannot win the prize with less than the fastest car on the grid - which is something McLaren cannot currently deliver.

oldtimer - Unregistered

April 16, 2013 4:39 PM

I seem to remember a version of this story in the last week or so. Trouble is I have'nt changed my mind, Button has no hope as has been adequately described by KevinW above. The car is off the pace and likely to remain so for some time and button does'nt have the raceday pace to match the top four. I expect Bob will come down off his perch and mount an attack on me and others who simply see Button as a very nice bloke who can't hack it at the highest of levels unless he has a huge advantage.

jim crint - Unregistered

April 16, 2013 5:36 PM

@oldtimer, did Button have a 'huge advantage' in 2011 when he beat Lewis in the same car?

He came 5th yesterday in car nearly a second slower than the front runners. He would have come at least 5th in Malaysia if McLaren hadn't messed up the pit-stop. What do you mean he can't 'hack it at the highest levels'? It's obvious you've made your mind up about Button but don't expect to go around spouting nonsense and not be challenged about it!

oldtimer - Unregistered

April 16, 2013 6:16 PM

I think you know full well what I mean Jim, Button finished 5th last weekend because he was sensible enough to follow an agreed strategy not because he was faster than anybody else and the same thing stands for the previous race. I'm also fully aware that Button beat Lewis in 2011 but what we are actually talking about is winning the championship by outdriving all the others, he did well in 2011 but he was nowhere near the championship and in 2009
he had a large advantage and made good use of it until the others caught up and he struggled to out qualify Barrichello. In addition we all know Buttons good at tactics and can outsmart some of the others
but it does'nt make him a World champion. To win the championship this year Mclaren have to suddenly produce the fastest car and Button has to drive it to a number of victories and podiums, just how likely it that? Personally I would love to see him win another championship but I don't think he will as he has too much stacked against him.

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