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Button: Every area of McLaren car needs improving

Jenson Button says bringing the McLaren-Honda up to speed in 2016 isn't simply a case of improving he power unit.
Jenson Button has emphasised that each area of the McLaren package needs big improvements for the 2016 season as he refused to focus entire criticism towards the Honda power unit.

On the back of McLaren's worst F1 season since 1980, Honda has borne the brunt of the criticism for the disappointing year with its underpowered and unreliable power unit, with both Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button regularly airing their frustrations.

However, the Englishman says the McLaren is a 'package' that needs improvements across the board to bring it up to speed, suggesting that simply focusing on the power unit wouldn't be enough.

“We could try pushing it around, but it comes as a package,” he said. “That is what teams are all about. I am not going to comment on one part of the car. We are here as a team and today the best we could do was 12th. Hopefully next year we are much further up the grid and the package as a whole has improved.

“I think we all know we need to improve with the ICE and we need to improve with the deployment, but we also need to improve the car. The car is not the quickest car on the grid.

“There is a lot of work needed if we want to be fighting at the front, every area of this car – aerodynamics, the mechanicals of the car – there are so many areas that we think we need to improve.”



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Vincero

December 11, 2015 2:41 PM

theoldgitspeaks: After all the rhetoric this season the truth is now starting to emerge, after blaming Honda for a less than successful power-plant it appears that once again McLaren failed to produce a decent chassis, something they tried to keep a lid on by blaming Honda for the cars lack of performance. If next season proves little better than this I can see this partnership falling apart and I rather suspect that RedBull have their eyes on Honda for 2017 and beyond as their Tag Heuer Renault can only be a stopgap until something permanent comes along Think of it a Redbull chassis together with a fully competitve Honda powerplant might even worry Mercedes.
I don't think the car wasn't decent - from split times at certain tracks the car was at times near the top. I think its a case of if the aim is to win, the car wasn't necessarily a winner.



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