F1 »

Button set to mould McLaren

Jenson Button says he is ready to lead McLaren into the 2013 F1 season
Jenson Button says he is looking forward to leading McLaren into the 2013 season, with the Briton seeking to mould the team around him following the departure of Lewis Hamilton.

Having partnered his fellow Brit for the past three seasons, Button will take on the role of team leader for 2013 alongside Sergio Perez – who makes the switch from Sauber as Hamilton's replacement.

With the opportunity to now take on the senior driver position, Button said he was excited about leading the team into the post-Hamilton era and moulding the team around him.

"I really enjoy being the lead driver and being the guy who can really help the team improve the car and sort of mould the car around me," he told ITN. "So I'm really looking forward to 2013 because of that; I've got a couple of months to really mould the team and the car around me at the factory.

“The good thing about McLaren is that they really listen to what a driver has to say - we're an important part of the puzzle - it's not just driving the car it's developing the car and that really means a lot to me."

The Briton added that he expected new team-mate Perez to have a say in the development of the car as the season goes on, but said his experience would be vital while the Mexican integrates himself into the team

"I'm pretty excited about the direction of development,” he said. “Sergio; obviously coming in to the team it's really for him learning about the team and about the car and then during the season when he gets a handle on it he can help with the direction. But at the moment it's impossible because he hasn't driven a McLaren before so he doesn't really know how it's going to be."



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
25.11.2012- Race, Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27 race winner
25.11.2012- Race, 2nd position Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F2012 and Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27 race winner
25.11.2012- Race, Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27 race winner
The McLaren MP4-29 of Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL) McLaren Test and Reserve Driver is recovered back to the pits on the back of a truck.
25.11.2014.
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL), third driver, McLaren F1 Team 
25.11.2014.
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL) McLaren MP4-29H Test and Reserve Driver - Honda engine being used.
25.11.2014.
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL), third driver, McLaren F1 Team 
25.11.2014.
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL), third driver, McLaren F1 Team 
25.11.2014.
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL) McLaren MP4-29H Test and Reserve Driver.
25.11.2014.
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL) McLaren MP4-29H Test and Reserve Driver.
25.11.2014.
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL) McLaren MP4-29H Test and Reserve Driver.
25.11.2014.
(L to R): Eric Boullier (FRA) McLaren Racing Director with Yasuhisa Arai (JPN) Honda Motorsport Chief Officer.
25.11.2014.
(L to R): Eric Boullier (FRA) McLaren Racing Director with Yasuhisa Arai (JPN) Honda Motorsport Chief Officer.
25.11.2014.
Eric Boullier (FRA) McLaren Racing Director.
25.11.2014.
Kevin Magnussen (DEN), McLaren F1 
25.11.2014.
Kevin Magnussen (DEN), McLaren F1 
25.11.2014.
23.11.2014- Race, Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29
23.11.2014- Race, Kevin Magnussen (DEN) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29 and Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


what!! - Unregistered

December 03, 2012 10:42 AM

So he gets Slaughtered in qualifying 16-4 to Hamilton, Has less wins than Hamilton and gets beaten on points by Hamilton in 2012 but somehow manages to win the Autosport British competition driver award. Well thats obviously rigged then!

lee - Unregistered

December 03, 2012 12:33 PM

2010 - 2012 LH VS JB Race Wins Lewis - 10 Jenson - 7 Qualifying Head to Head Lewis - 41 Jenson - 15 Championship Position Lewis - 2 Jenson - 1 FACTS!!!! Button fans now hang onto how Jenson out scored lewis by 15 points over the 3 years, the only reason he has is look at how many times this year his car failed on him while cruising to victory! Look at how many times Hamilton went for the win and unfortunately had to retire from the race and score nothing, while his team mate tootled round behind him and picked up the points driving boring steady races. Button will never come close to the speed and skill Lewis has.



© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.