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April 10, 2015 4:38 PM

F1 » Top ten Button puts McLaren-Honda on course for Q2

They will need to maintain the improvement to get though Q2, I expect the other teams to all go faster come qualifying but it's a good performance from McLaren all the same. They are about two seconds off the pace and unless there is a lot more power to come they will be back to their position of the last two years or so where constant improvements failed to keep up with the opposition.


April 08, 2015 7:12 AM

F1 » Button not expecting McLaren improvements in China

theoldgitspeaks: ...and let Magnussen take his rightful place alongside Alonso.
Magnussen is already in his rightful place - on the reserve bench. Tell me, exactly how much bigger of a whooping would Button had to have given Magnussen before you would get a clue and realise that the much better driver got the seat?
But that is not really the point is it, the actual point I was making is that it would be much more beneficial for Magnussen than Button to have the drive while the car is developed, Button can only lose face while Magnussen needs the experience.


April 07, 2015 1:15 PM

F1 » Button not expecting McLaren improvements in China

There will be no real success for McLaren until long after Button is put out to grass. It was a mistake for him to wait around for McLaren to offer him a seat, his last two years in F1 will gain him nothing buy a reduced salary. If he wanted to continue racing he should have followed Webber into sports cars, at least he would have had a chance of adding to his career wins as it is he will be trailing round at the tail of the field while Alonso will take any credit that accrues and I doubt that will be until 2017/18 long after Button is retired, i wonder if when he relises that no results are going to come his way he might just pull the plug at this seasons end and let Magnussen take his rightful place alongside Alonso.


April 08, 2015 12:51 PM

F1 » China, Bahrain won’t show same McLaren gains

They started from such a low point that any initial improvement was always going to be fairly large and it stands to reason that once they are up to full power we will see where they are in the pecking order, personally I think that will be in the bottom half of the grid. McLaren have a poor record of developing poor cars and there have been a few of them recently and that's enough to suggest that it will be 2016/7 before they show any real competivness and that's assuming that the Honda unit is as good as they think it is, if it's not then this partnership is a dead duck just waiting to be put down.


March 27, 2015 12:21 PM

F1 » Alonso predicts up to 1.5secs gain for McLaren

They are still miles away from the front and given their performance over the past few years when they started way behind is doesn't bode well, then they were 1to 2 seconds off the pace and now they are even further behind so it looks unlikely to me that they can get anywhere near the front, by end of season I would expect them to be qualifying in the top 13/14, given the speed of improvement in F1 anymore than that seems most unlikely.


March 25, 2015 1:02 PM

F1 » Button: McLaren must bridge gap on rivals

Stating the bl..dy obvious but Button always toes the party line, he knows he's in a crap car and has no chance of ever winning another GP and is still paid a huge amount of money so why rock the boat? I don't believe Mclaren can catch up, 6 seconds off the pace in Brisbane and one engine down they are in huge trouble and with unreliability and no testing have little or no chance of even keeping up let alone catching up. It's pretty clear now that Honda totally underestimated what was needed and came in at least a year too early. This is damaging for the image of F1 as Honda would surly have offered the engine to Redbull and others had it proved remotely competitive, now the situation it changed radically, no team will take a gamble on the Honda engine as things stand. It'sbad news for Button, two seasons of trailing round at the tail of the field will be a very sad final to Button's career. Alonso should have known better and probably did but could'nt get a Mercedes drive.

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