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Button: McLaren to reboot in Shanghai

Jenson Button: Taking home two points from the first two races obviously wasn't what we had in mind at the beginning of the year, but I think everybody in the team has picked themselves up

Jenson Button reckons the Chinese Grand Prix next weekend could be something of a 'reboot' for McLaren.

McLaren have made a poor start to the 2013 F1 campaign, but despite a nightmare weekend in Australia, for the season opener, seemed to make quite remarkable progress in Malaysia just seven days later and Button is bullish that the squad will take further steps forward in Shanghai. Indeed the 2009 F1 world champion has said he thinks they can have a 'pretty good race'.

“In a funny way, the Chinese Grand Prix almost feels like something of a reboot of the start of my season,” said Button. “Taking home two points from the first two races obviously wasn't what we had in mind at the beginning of the year, but I think everybody in the team has picked themselves up and really attacked the task of addressing our car's issues.

“We know where we're losing performance, so I think we're actually all looking forward to seeing just what we can achieve in Shanghai.

“The important thing for us as a team is to go into the weekend with clear focus, hone our strengths across the sessions and increase our understanding of the car. I definitely think there's everything to play for with this championship, and I can't wait to get back into the cockpit to start the fight again.”

“I've always enjoyed racing in Shanghai,” he added. “Our car has always performed well around this circuit and we've always seemed to be able to find a good balance between the slow stuff, the high-speed changes of direction and the drag-loss needed for the long straight.

“It's a pretty good place for racing, too, because that straight offers such a good opportunity for slipstreaming and overtaking. I think we can have a pretty good race next weekend, too,” he concluded.



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Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren. 07.02.2013.

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oldtimer - Unregistered

April 05, 2013 5:31 PM

The next race will be a real test of whether Mclaren have started to address the problems they started with. I f the car needed substantial modifying then it is unlikely they will have had time to do too much, if not and the problems have been addressed by developing what they have then hopefully they will be on the pace. Button needs a top three finish if he is to enter the race for the championship because I doubt that the other contenders are suddenly going to be uncompetitive and he simply cannot rely on others suffering from problems. I hope he has a great race and a win would be a great bonus.

Ben - Unregistered

April 05, 2013 6:58 PM

I don't understand why Jenson Button will consider the high speed direction of Shanghai an opportunity for McLaren to overtake when they're at best 1.5 seconds off the pace. I will call those high speed tracks a liability for McLaren at this point, at least until they get up to speed, unless they are talking about overtaking the Sauber or the Torro Rosso. The other thing I am trying to figure out is the fact that everyone at McLaren says that the team has made progress in Malaysia compared to their performance in Australia. Malaysia was just 7 days after Australia and we all know that the teams did not have the time to bring any new updates with them. Therefore, could it be that McLaren's problem lies on finding the right set-up on that car? I would say McLaren was able to improve on the right set-up in Malaysia. Looks like the problem is not necessarily the car, but also the drivers not setting-up the car properly.



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