Former Formula 1 team owner Eddie Jordan has admitted that he is saddened by the current situation at Honda, where title hopeful Jenson Button has seen poor results end his championship challenge before it even started.

While Lewis Hamilton has established himself as the new darling of Formula 1 with his record-breaking debut to date, Button has struggled with the new Honda RA107 as the Briton fails to match the results that he enjoyed towards the end of the 2006 season - when a run of seven straight top five finishes, including his maiden win in Hungary, saw him finish the season in sixth place in the championship standings.

Indeed, Button has yet to even break into the top ten this year, let alone score a point, with his best finish to date being twelfth in both Malaysia and Spain. Team-mate Rubens Barrichello is also pointless after four races - although the Brazilian scoring the first top ten finish for the team last weekend at Catalunya - with further salt being added to Honda's wounds as 'B' team Super Aguri scored its first ever points thanks to Takuma Sato.

It means that Honda are currently one of only three teams yet to score this season - Spyker and Toro Rosso being the others - and Jordan admitted that the current plight of the team and its lead driver was the biggest disappointment of the season to date.

"Jenson Button is a serious racing driver," he told The Daily Telegraph. "He was a very good price at 7-1 to win the championship at the start of the season. Honda has the legacy and history of winning championships and it is one of the saddest things to see a couple of great drivers floundering around trying to scramble points - it is just ridiculous."

Jordan added that he feels the team needs to make changes at the highest level in order to try and turn its season around, with an experienced Formula 1 figurehead the key ingredient currently missing.

"Honda's problem is that they do not have a real racer running the team," he continued. "Frank Williams has been involved in motor racing for 40 years of his life. Ron Dennis the same. I did 35 years. When you have grafted, done your time, seen the disappointment, the pain, the trauma and you know how to come back to a position of strength you give confidence to the team. They know that the only reason you are there is to win. I need to see that person at Honda, Toyota, too.

"Unless you have a real racer, who has been through Formula Ford, Formula Three, knows the ups and downs, knows how to screw the last ounce of performance out of people, creating this team spirit that is so important, you are never going to succeed.

"If I was Button's manager I would be having very hard and detailed conversations about what is Honda's plan. You have people like Trevor Foster, Gary Anderson, Ross Brawn sitting at home doing other things. But they are absolute winners, absolute racers.

"Jenson must feel terribly let down."

 

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