Button encouraged by McLaren pace despite retirement

By on Sunday, April 6, 2014
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Jenson Button says he is encouraged by McLaren's pace, despite having to retire from the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Button was running in the top five following the safety car period but lost time due to a gear selection issue and ultimately had to retire the MP4-29.

But despite leaving the track empty handed, the Brit - who celebrated his 250th Formula 1 race - expressed positive words about McLaren's pace.

"In terms of pace, we took a step forward this weekend," he said. "Moreover, our degradation was positive and I think we did a very good job understanding our tyres.

"Only one team were demonstrably quicker than us today – Mercedes – but sadly they were a lot quicker than us. Having said that, our long-run pace was very good, especially over the last few laps, so I reckon we could have raced very hard to the finish on the Primes. But unfortunately I didn’t get that opportunity."

Button reckons that McLaren was set for a fifth place finish prior to his retirement.

"It’s tough for all the team, because they all worked really well and really hard," he said.

"We were set for fifth place at worst and a podium finish at best, and that would have been a very positive outcome for all of us.

"In summary, then, there was lots of good racing out there – I can’t even remember how many cars I overtook but it was quite a lot – and I think it was the same for almost everyone out there."


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