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Button confident McLaren has learned from mistakes

Jenson Button is expecting better things from round two of the new F1 season after a lengthy debrief with the McLaren team.
Jenson Button admits that he and the McLaren team made minor errors over the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix weekend that probably had an effect on his ability to match podium-winning team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

The reigning F1 world champion revealed that the handling of his MP4-25 had not been entirely to his liking in either qualifying or the race which, combined with an acknowledged lack of clear air in both, restricted him to eighth and seventh respectively.

"It was really tricky getting the balance right, but I think, with what we've learned from that weekend, and what we've talked about in the meeting on Tuesday, there are a lot of areas where we see we can improve for the next race," he told Reuters at the unveiling of McLaren's new road-going supercar in Woking, "Looking at it now, there are a few things that we probably would have done differently over the weekend, and there's a lot of room for improvement with the car."

Button believes that round two, on the streets around Melbourne's Albert Park, will be better suited to the MP4-25's characteristics even before changes are made to the car and, having had a lengthy meeting with the team's senior engineers on Tuesday, remained optimistic about McLaren's chances of turning things around after Hamilton finished some 23 seconds down on Fernando Alonso's winning Ferrari in Bahrain.

"It didn't go as well as I would have liked, the actual finish position, but, over the weekend, I felt that we all worked very well together," the 30-year old insisted.


Tagged as: Mclaren , Jenson Button , Bahrain , MP4-25

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BOF - Unregistered

March 19, 2010 9:53 AM

I really do not understand how people can criticise button when he qualified only 0.4 behind hamilton first time out in a new team : I think that was an excellent performance , bearing in mind that I fully agree with frank williams ...hamilton is a once in 20 years driver and as we saw , where you qualify is , more or less , where you finish , just follow the guy in front

Esteban - Unregistered

March 19, 2010 9:43 AM

He's not "defending himself so much". He's the reigning champion, in one of the biggest teams, and in a situation with LH that press and fans alike find fascinating. All this means that everywhere he goes some chump journalist is going to be shoving a mic under his nose and asking inane questions, and JB is one of those people that will politely answer questions and probably try to say something slightly different each time to save getting bored out of his skull by it all. So what is just one "the race was ok, but we can improve this" matter suddenly seems like he's constantly whinging. Rule of thumb - If in doubt, blame the media.



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