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Button fears for season after misery in Melbourne

“At this stage, we still have to aim for the world championship - that has to be the target when you drive for McLaren,” Button concluded, “But it's going to be very difficult for us from where we are, a lot harder than we thought this year.

"Getting back to the front is not going to happen whilst we're racing outside Europe, but we've going to deal with it the best we can and push hard for improvements."

Whitmarsh has already made it clear that McLaren is unlikely to revert to its 2012 car while it tries to sort the problems with the MP4-28 [ see separate story].

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roja - Unregistered

March 18, 2013 2:54 PM

What a load of bull!! They are a team on the way down fast now! No Hamilton for speed and set up skills and no Paddy Lowe or Vodafone from next year either. Remember Williams used to be the dominant team not so long ago and look how quickly they fell down the ranks. Mclaren are going the same way. As much as Hamilton could be a pain they are going to miss him this year.

roja - Unregistered

March 18, 2013 4:10 PM

Oldtimer I agree Ive NEVER rated Button ever totally over hyped by the British press in my opinion has a few lucky/jammy wins every year due to the weather and safety cars etc.. This years car was supposed to be geared around his style of driving not Hamilton's as thats the reason he was SO SLOW last season! You go to ask yourself 1 pole in 3 years! honestly the guy just doesnt cut it at this level. The car is obviously a dog but it needs a Hamilton, Vettel, Kimi type of driver to drag it around the track kicking and screaming, Button and Perez just cannot do that

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