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German Grand Prix: Button, Perez look for the positives

McLaren pair Jenson Button and Sergio Perez both look to take positives from Silverstone as McLaren aims to score in the German Grand Prix
Jenson Button says there is reason for McLaren to be encouraged going into the German Grand Prix this weekend despite another disappointing result last time out at Silverstone.

The Woking-based team failed to score for a second successive race in the British Grand Prix, with Button down in 13th place and team-mate Sergio Perez retiring late on after becoming the fourth driver to suffer a left-rear blowout.

Despite the result seeing McLaren lose further ground to Force India in the race for fifth in the championship, Button said there were reasons to be encouraged by the team's home race, with the 2009 title winner hopeful of a return to the points at the Nurburgring.

“Of course, the Silverstone result wasn't where we want to be, but there were some reasons to be encouraged by last weekend,” he said. “Our car is now better balanced and more driveable, so we're hoping for a rain-free practice day in order to further develop the set-up during Friday's two free practice sessions.

“The Nurburgring is a track that seems to encourage close racing and plenty of overtaking. The combination of low- and medium-speed corners tend to allow cars to run quite closely, and there are a couple of big braking zones, where it's quite easy to get alongside and steal the inside line.

“However, it's got some nicely designed sections, which mean – equally – that you can lose out on the entry and yet still regain position if you have better traction and track position on the exit.”

Perez too said he was eager to look to the positives from Silverstone and was also optimistic about what could be achieved in Germany.

“I've already put the disappointment of Silverstone behind me,” he said. “In fact, I was more encouraged by the positives: I demonstrated strong pace all weekend, was having a good race and looked set to finish in the points, until my tyre failure in the closing laps.

“Naturally, these setbacks happen in motor racing, so it'll be good to get back in the car just a few days after Silverstone and get back to business. I'd have loved to have raced on the old track, the Nordschleife, that must have been an incredible place for a grand prix, but I'll be happy with a positive result on the new circuit.”

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July 03, 2013 10:27 AM

Button always follows the party line and Perez knows that it makes sense not to rattle the cage too much. It must be a huge disappointment for them both, Button hoping for one last shot at the championship and Perez assuming he had joined a top team. The car may have improved but everybody else is improving as well and from a better base in most cases. I don't see any wins or podiums this year which is a testement to Mclarens absolute failure to produce a competitive car. There are rumours of discord within the management and I would expect to see some significant changes if Mclaren is to return to winning ways. Time is running out for Button and his options are restricted, maybe he should join Webber in sportscars and forget about F1, at his time of career there is little to be gained driving a totally uncompetitive car just for the sake of being in F1.


July 03, 2013 10:11 AM

Reads: We've got a slightly less s**t car than before but it's still a pile of poo. Sounds like they are only going to tinker with it till the end of the year and shifting focus to the 2014 car so it won't get massively quicker. No race wins in 2013 for McLaren?

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