F1 » Button and Perez see season slipping away from McLaren

Both Jenson Button and Sergio Perez were downbeat about McLaren even managing to be among the top four teams in Spain - and appeared to admit their 2013 season is effectively over.

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cookie - Unregistered

May 11, 2013 11:41 AM

It will upset bob and we will get another Hamilton 2009 season blah blah blah, but it would of beeen interesting to see just where Hamilton would be qualifying this years Mclaren


May 11, 2013 12:29 PM

What nonsense. The car is a pig, everyone knows it, and not even Hamilton, Alonso, Prost, Senna, Clark would not turn it into a winner. McLaren rolled the dice with an all new design and they failed. Case closed. As should they close most development on this chassis. The team needs to begin to focus on next year and quickly.

oldtimer - Unregistered

May 11, 2013 2:25 PM

The reality is that this season is finished for Mclaren, they clearly have little idea what's wrong with their car otherwise the upgrades would have at least provided some improvement. Heads need to roll and soon because they need to start concentrating on next year's car. It will probably hasten the end of Button's career as well as he has failed to live up to his claim to be be a good development driver. Hamilton would have far more out of the car even if he could'nt win with it and I suspect Perez will eclipse Button as they struggle through the remainder of the season.

bob - Unregistered

May 11, 2013 2:44 PM

@taliz and cookie

Yeah, guess you're right. What sort of a mediocre McLaren driver qualifies in 14th position??!!

Oh, hang on, just looking at the qualifying stats for this race in 2009...

dilly - Unregistered

May 11, 2013 3:45 PM

Last years car had too much of Hamilton in it. Maclaren had to build a car round Button to move forward. Only trouble is a car build round Button has to be perfect for it to have a good chance of winning the title. That was why Button raved about it being the best Maclaren he had ever driven. This is my car whooo hooo!!

bob - Unregistered

May 11, 2013 4:36 PM


I guess the 2009 McLaren had too much of Kovalainen in it?

But hang on, Hamilton can win even in a bad car can't he? Well, apparently not. 10 races before he even put the 2009 MP4-24 on the podium!

Just makes me laugh when people say Button can't win in anything but a good car and that Hamilton can win even in a bad car.

He's only ever had a bad car for 9 races of his career and couldn't even put it on the podium. For the first 9 races of 2009 Hamilton had an average finishing position of 9.5! In fact, the last 3 races before McLaren gave him a race winning car he finished in the following positions - 13th, 16th and 18th.

So spare me the crap about how bad Button is in a bad car and how good Hamilton is - because he isn't!


May 11, 2013 4:58 PM

benignly and objective. you could look at it another way......this car is the one gathering info for next year. the pull rod suspension gave Ferrari trouble for a number of months, and look where they are now!

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