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Button: Monaco could help McLaren with emphasis on new F1 engines

Jenson Button believes McLaren could be helped by aerodynamics playing less of a role in the Monaco Grand Prix
Jenson Button believes McLaren could be helped by aerodynamics playing less of a role in the Monaco Grand Prix.

McLaren started the season in promising fashion but has since gone three races without scoring as the team struggles to get the MP4-29 working in certain conditions. However, Button believes there will be more emphasis on engine performance in Monaco which should play in to the hands of the Mercedes-powered cars.

“Obviously, I've never driven a turbocharged F1 car around Monaco before – and I'm relishing the opportunity,” Button said. “More than any other 2014 race, I think this event will show us the most pronounced difference between 'old F1' and the new formula we have. There's far less of an aerodynamic influence here – it's just about bolting as much to the car as possible in a bid to find grip – so I think the engine's influence will be greater.

“So, with less significance placed on aerodynamics, I hope we can enjoy a better race than our two previous outings in China and Spain. Monaco is such a special case – in every respect – I just hope we can string together a good weekend: we'll need to get the absolute maximum from the car in qualifying and on the first lap to be in with a chance to put up a fair showing.

“I'm up for the challenge, and the whole team is doing a great job of staying strong and working flat-out to bring updates to every race – and Monaco is no exception.”

And McLaren team-mate Kevin Magnussen believes he himself has some unfinished business at Monaco as he prepares to drive an F1 car there for the first time.

“My [World Series] race in Monaco last year was a bit of a missed opportunity,” Magnussen said. “I didn't hook it all together and ended up finishing only fourth – so, more than anything, I want to have a clean and constructive race this weekend. We don't have the pace in the car to challenge at the front, but, wherever I am, I'm determined to make a fight of it.”



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jesse

May 19, 2014 1:42 PM

This is actually interesting. Everyone else seems to expect the power-unit to play a lesser role in Monaco and sir Button completely believe the opposite. Anyway Brundle and his gang who developed a method for calculating driver IQ based on a random pit call from a desperate track position during a race in changing conditions replaced his surname from Jenson to "Smooth and Intelligent" a while ago, so we must trust his judgement above all. McLaren situation make me think Button might actually retire without ever winning a race again. Fingers un-crossed... PS: if anyone got Pastor results for the Brundle and Co IQ test please kindly forward....

theoldgitspeaks

May 19, 2014 2:07 PM

I don't see Mclaren vauting up the grid just because it's Monaco, they are far too far away from the fastest cars and Button's inability to qualify well will probably mean that he starts outside the top ten. Best we can hope for is a conservative cruise to 11th or 12th with a real chance of being lapped before halfway. Mclarens ability to talk big and continual failure to achieve is beginning to wear a bit thin.



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