F1 »

Spanish F1 Grand Prix: Button: McLaren further off than 2013

Jenson Button admits McLaren is further away from being able to win races than it was last year due to Mercedes' dominance in 2014
Jenson Button admits McLaren is further away from being able to win races than it was last year due to Mercedes' dominance in 2014.

McLaren started the season with a double podium – already an improvement on the podium-less 2013 – as it looked to recover from a poor season. However, while the early signs were promising, the team was over two seconds off the pace set by Lewis Hamilton in qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix and Button conceded wins look even less likely at this stage of the season.

“I think compared to the car that's on pole then yes I think we are further behind them than last year, that's obvious to see by the lap times,” Button said. “But I think everyone is a long way off of that team; Red Bull have made a step forward but still they haven't caught Mercedes. It feels like Mercedes have a very good upgrade for this race and have actually pulled away from the field.

“So, yes, they're doing an amazing job and it's everyone else's job to try and make the racing more interesting by catching those guys. So for winning races it's obvious to see if you look at the facts that yes we are further away than we were at this point last year in qualifying. I'm not sure what the case will be in the race tomorrow…”

However, McLaren has made a step forward compared to the Chinese Grand Prix and racing director Eric Boullier believes the order behind the front two teams is likely to remain unclear for a number of races.

“If you look race after race we have a different pecking order,” Boullier said. “So it looks like most of the teams are struggling to keep consistency, except for Mercedes of course and even Red Bull now who have started to establish themselves as the second-best team.

“So I think it's just a matter of how fast you can make your [power unit] work properly and balance the car, how much downforce you can exploit on the car and I think today there is a different grade of improvement race after race. I think during the summer we should establish a final order and obviously outside Mercedes and Red Bull I don't know.”



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
10.05.2014- Qualifying, Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29
30.06.2016- Thursday Press Conference, lower row, L to R Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB12, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H, upper row L to R Kevin Magnussen (DEN) Renault Sport F1 Team RS16, Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Haas F1 Team VF-16 and Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C35
30.06.2016- Thursday Press Conference, lower row, L to R Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB12, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H, upper row L to R Kevin Magnussen (DEN) Renault Sport F1 Team RS16, Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Haas F1 Team VF-16 and Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C35
30.06.2016- Thursday Press Conference, lower row, L to R Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB12, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H, upper row L to R Kevin Magnussen (DEN) Renault Sport F1 Team RS16, Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Haas F1 Team VF-16 and Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C35
30.06.2016- Atmosphere, flags
30.06.2016- Atmosphere
30.06.2016- Atmosphere
30.06.2016- Atmosphere
30.06.2016- Thursday Press Conference, Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Haas F1 Team VF-16
30.06.2016- Thursday Press Conference, Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Haas F1 Team VF-16
30.06.2016- Thursday Press Conference, Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Haas F1 Team VF-16
30.06.2016-Thursday Press Conference, Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C35
30.06.2016-Thursday Press Conference, Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C35
30.06.2016- Thursday Press Conference, Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11
30.06.2016- Thursday Press Conference, Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11
30.06.2016- Thursday Press Conference, Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11
30.06.2016- Thursday Press Conference, Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11
30.06.2016-  Thursday Press Conference, Kevin Magnussen (DEN) Renault Sport F1 Team RS16

Start the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.