August 26th, 2013
McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh insists his team has no plans to change its Formula 1 driver line-up next year. Jenson Button has been linked with a possible move after admitting during the Belgian Grand Prix that his option has yet to be picked up by the team. The 2009 world champion is currently in the second year of a McLaren deal negotiated during 2011
August 25th, 2013
Jenson Button reckoned McLaren was too ‘nervous’ in its strategy during the Belgian Grand Prix. In its strongest race performance of a so-far troubled 2013 Formula 1 season, McLaren qualified and finished sixth with Button, but appeared to have a shot at a podium finish
August 24th, 2013
Jenson Button believes his sixth place in Belgian Grand Prix qualifying was not a fluke of conditions but a reflection of McLaren’s improving pace. The Briton claimed his best grid-spot of the season amid wildly fluctuating weather that produced a breathtaking, but unpredictable, end to qualifying. Rather than credit the weather, however, Button believes sixth is representative of McLaren’s true pace in Belgium, and is even optimistic he can achieve his target of fighting for the podium should it stay dry on Sunday.
August 23rd, 2013
Jenson Button is still waiting for McLaren to confirm that he will be racing there next season. The Briton hopes to remain at the Woking-based team for 2014, but has revealed that nothing is guaranteed as his bosses have yet to take up an option they have on him. “I think I have a contract for next year, but I don’t think it has a signature on it yet though,” explained Button.
August 23rd, 2013
Jenson Button thinks McLaren needs the pressure of setting its sights on a podium finish in this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix. Although the team has moved to downplay its prospects of a serious challenge near the front at Spa-Francorchamps, Button is still convinced the outfit should target a top three spot
August 8th, 2013
Jenson Button is convinced McLaren will be able to show the progress it has made in the Belgian Grand Prix later this month. While the Woking-based squad has been unable to match the pace of the leading outfits, Button insists McLaren took a step forward in performance in the Hungarian Grand Prix last month. While he finished in seventh position at the Hungaroring, the Briton is optimistic Spa will suit his car even better.
July 31st, 2013
Jenson Button is convinced this year’s struggles will help McLaren become a stronger team ahead of the 2014 Formula 1 season.
July 26th, 2013
Jenson Button is optimistic McLaren has taken a step forward after practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix. Although the Briton finished nearly a second down on pacesetter Sebastian Vettel in second practice, he is convinced that McLaren will be stronger in the race. Button was ninth quickest in the afternoon after finishing sixth in the morning session
July 26th, 2013
Jenson Button says McLaren’s season is not a write-off, despite the team switching its development focus on to the 2014 car. Button thinks work still being done can help the team move forward, and he is even targeting a podium for the next race in Belgium. “We still want to win a race, and I still think we can win a race,” said Button.
July 11th, 2013
Jenson Button insists that McLaren’s disappointing form this year has not left him tempted to consider a move elsewhere on the grid. The former world champion has yet to finish on the podium this year, and his chances of a big step forward over the remainder of the campaign are slim with his team now focused on its 2014 car
July 7th, 2013
A furious Jenson Button blasted Caterham drivers Charles Pic and Giedio van der Garde for costing him a top-five finish in the German Grand Prix. McLaren had one of its strongest races of the season to get both cars into the top eight. Button lost fifth to Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes on the final lap and blamed the Caterham drivers for not moving over quickly enough while being lapped in the closing stages
July 4th, 2013
Jenson Button has questioned the value of racers running Pirelli’s new tyres at the young driver test, and doubts he will bother taking part unless plans are changed. Pirelli is due to supply teams with the new tyres – a combination of the 2012 construction with the 2013 compound – at the Silverstone test on July 17-19 for the first time. But although race drivers will be allowed to take part in the test for one day, Button thinks there is little point in doing so if they are only going to try out a single specification of tyre and are unable to make any set-up changes or trial the impact of car developments.
June 30th, 2013
Jenson Button said he was “a sitting duck” in the final laps of the British Grand Prix as he tumbled from sixth place to 13th in his home grand prix.
June 29th, 2013
Jenson Button said his British Grand Prix qualifying performance was much better than he expected, even though he did not get into the top 10. A late lap from Kimi Raikkonen edged Button down to 11th in Q2 by half a tenth of a second.
June 18th, 2013
Jenson Button has faith that he and McLaren can still give home fans something to cheer about in the British Grand Prix, despite recent struggles. On the back of a disastrous performance in Canada, where McLaren’s long-running record of 64 consecutive points finishes came to an end, Button believes the high-speed nature of Silverstone will be a better stomping ground
June 9th, 2013
Jenson Button described the Canadian Grand Prix as a “painful” experience for McLaren and one that underlined the depth of its plight.
November 17th, 2012
Jenson Button fears he is at risk of getting caught up in a chaotic first corner after a technical problem left him 12th on the United States Grand Prix grid.
November 15th, 2012
Jenson Button suspects that qualifying second for the United States Grand Prix might be better than starting on pole position. The McLaren driver believes that the run out of the second slot on the grid is a little flatter than it is for first, meaning that whoever qualifies there could have an edge on the charge to the first corner
September 23rd, 2012
Jenson Button admitted that it would have been a major embarrassment had he taken Sebastian Vettel and himself out of the Singapore Grand Prix behind the safety car. The McLaren driver avoided a collision with Vettel by just inches as the pair were weaving while attempting to warm-up their tyres as the safety car prepared to pull in at the end of lap 36