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F1 British Grand Prix: We all need to work harder - Button

2009 F1 World Champion Jenson Button responds to 'work harder' calls from McLaren CEO Ron Dennis, by saying he always gives 100 per cent and that everyone in the team needs to do that little bit more
Jenson Button says he thinks everyone at McLaren needs to work that bit harder and that it is not helpful to point the figure at any one individual.

His comments came after McLaren CEO Ron Dennis told Sky Sports that the 2009 F1 World Champion needs to 'try harder' and needs to be consistently beating his rookie team-mate, Kevin Magnussen.

Speaking ahead of this weekend's British Grand Prix and asked for his response, Button replied: “I think Ron is practising to be a motivational speaker maybe. I think when we are in the position that we have been for 18 months it is not easy for anyone within the team, it is very, very difficult. So, I think we all need to work harder as a team. I don't think we should be pointing the figure at any one individual within the team. We have got ourselves into this situation and we have got to fight our way out.”

“I don't do things in half measures,” he added. “I have the experience in Formula One to know you need to give 100 per cent - and I always do that.

“Every time I am in the paddock, at the factory, on the phone to my engineers, everything is 100 per cent.”

Button is now in his fifth season with McLaren and while has won eight races in total for the Woking based concern, finishing runner-up to Sebastian Vettel in 2011, 2013 and this year have been struggle.

So how does he see things developing from now until the end of the 2014 F1 season? “We will see,” he continued. “For me right now it is about doing the best job I can and we as a team are working every day to do a better job.

“We are not where we want to be. We are not where McLaren is use to being and we know that and so we are working very hard.

"But in terms of the future that is something I can't discuss right now.”

Meanwhile, talking specifically about the British GP, Button noted that he excited about racing in front of his home fans – even if he has yet to finish on the F1 rostrum at Silverstone.

“Racing at home, whether you are doing well or not you get the support. It has been very overwhelming the last few days, since [the] Goodwood [Festival of Speed] and leading into this home grand prix.

"I am very much looking forward to driving on the circuit tomorrow [in Friday practice] and seeing the fans,” the Englishman summed-up.

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July 03, 2014 6:28 PM

Button probably knows that he won't be there next year so he may as well tell it as it is rather than take the RD bullsh1t. Truth is McLaren has been rubbish for the past few years down to a large part to the appointees that RD made. Look at the mirror Ron and see where the problems really lie.

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