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Button: Tough season will help McLaren

Jenson Button says McLaren will bounce back from a tough 2013 season when F1 2014 gets underway
Jenson Button insists that McLaren will fight back from a tough 2013 season and will return to form when the 2014 F1 campaign gets underway.

McLaren failed to make it onto the podium for the first time in over 20 years this season, with fourth place for Button in the season finale in Brazil being the team's best result of the year.

The team will hope to fight back next year when fresh regulations come into force, and Button said he was sure that the Woking-based team would be back on form and would learn the lessons of this season.

“We all know what the year has been like,” he told the Daily Telegraph. “There's no point talking about it anymore.

“We've learnt a lot this year. We've also [experimented] more than normal. If you're in a championship-fighting car you're scared to get away from the set-up you know. We've been places that we would never have thought of in the past. That has really helped us.

“Everyone is excited about next year. Changes are great for everyone apart from Red Bull.”

Button also added that McLaren could bounce back to form without the need for any major changes at the top, with the Briton insisting that Martin Whitmarsh remained the right person to be team principal.

“The management is good here,” he said. “They've had a tough time of it this year and everybody is quoting figures. It's always going to be the case when you have a difficult year. You're going to look for someone to blame.

“But I think they've come through it very well and I think they're strong and going to do a good job next year.”



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Jayne

November 26, 2013 5:44 PM

Jenson has never been motivated by money. Hes with Maclaren because he has the perfect image. Polite, humble and a good role model. The Japanese have always loved him and that includes Honda so don't write him off yet, Maclaren need to priortise their F1 team now the sports car is up and running and employ the best people....after Adrian Newey!!!



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