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Chinese Grand Prix 2013: Button gives McLaren a glimmer of hope

“This was a difficult afternoon for me," agreed Perez. "There's a lot for us to analyse, and a lot to learn. It wasn't my best weekend in terms of pace, so there's some work to do.

"Congratulation to Jenson, he drove a fantastic race today. He found a better rhythm and really made the strategy work - I couldn't find a flow throughout the whole race and was struggling with the car," Perez added. "I had a reasonably good first stint and thought we could achieve a good result with the strategy, but then we encountered degradation with the tyres and that compromised our pace.

“We still don't have the speed in the car, but it's been a useful learning weekend for the whole team, we got some useful points on the board, and we head to the next race with a clearer idea of just what we can do," he said.

And despite his relative success in getting McLaren's best result of the 2013 season to date, Button himself agreed that the team was far from out of the woods just yet.

"We know we still have a lot of work to do to challenge at the front," he said. "But we can take a lot of positives away from this weekend."




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kikiriki

April 14, 2013 8:03 PM

@take it or leave it To answer your question about lulu: he probably would of ended in gravel track or on somebody else car. Give the credit to Button, he got the best place possible with the car Macca has for the moment.

jim crint - Unregistered

April 15, 2013 12:16 PM

@ben, sorry mate, but you're talking nonsense. The Ferrari between 2000-2004 was the most competitive in the grid and the Renault that Button drove (2001-2002) just wasn't in the same race most of the time. Alonso is a great driver but his ascendency at Renault coincided with Ferraris decline. The first truly competitive car Jenson drove was the BAR in 2004, in which he was on the podium 9 times and finished 3rd in the championship behind the two Ferraris. 13 years in F1, but Jenson has only been in a competitive car in 5 of those. Before 2013 Lewis was in F1 6 years and was in a competitive car in 5 of those. Lewis' first two years were spent in the best car Completely different ratio altogether. Button may not be the most exciting driver on the grid but neither was Jackie Stewart or Alain Prost. He's by far and away the most intelligent, as can be seen by his controlled driving yesterday.



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