Jenson Button says drivers should stop complaining about the sound and style of F1 in 2014, saying winning is all that matters.
Following the first race of the season in Australia, drivers have often been asked for their opinions on the sound of the 2014 engines and the style of racing this year. Sebastian Vettel described the sound as “sh*t”
, but – while not directly referencing Vettel's comments – Button says drivers should ultimately have no complaints about the cars they are driving.
Asked for his opinion on the new style of F1 following criticism from some drivers, Button replied: "Go and race something else if you're not happy!
"As drivers we don't have an opinion where the cars are in terms of sound and feel. But when you cross the finish line first you've won a grand prix, so you don't care what the car sounds like or what it looks like. You've beaten the best in the world, and that's all you care about."
With McLaren starting the season with a double podium having failed to score a single one in 2013, Button admitted there had been cause for celebration that was tempered by the gap to Mercedes.
“[The feeling is] a bit of both really. Leading the constructors' at the first race doesn't really mean a lot for a Formula One team, but for us after last year it's just nice to know we got both cars to the end of the race and finishing second and third. So I think we should be happy with that. Outright pace, no, we're not there yet; Mercedes is a good chunk in front of everyone which is very impressive because everyone else seems to be reasonably close.
“We've got a few little things here in terms of upgrades so hopefully that will bring us close to Mercedes but it's not going to be enough in terms of pace. The only thing you can hope for really here is going to be reliability issues; it's super-hot, it's a tough circuit on the car so you'd say we're fighting for a podium really. And then you never know what is going to happen to Mercedes, they might have reliability issues and we can get a better result than that.”
Button confirmed McLaren will have a number of updates in Malaysia and said the target has to be another podium finish if they all work as expected.
“You'd say it was a bit more difficult here because of the layout of the circuit but with the upgrades that we have I think we have to be fighting for the podium here. The Williams is a good car and I don't think they really got the most out of themselves at the last race, and I'm sure that the Ferrari will be a bit more competitive. At times during the [Australian] race they looked good, but at other times they didn't, so I don't know if it's a fuel-saving issue they have or what.”