Button places focus on progress rather than points

By on Thursday, May 7, 2015
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Jenson Button says that McLaren would rather make substantial progress at this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix, rather than simply aiming to end its points drought.

The squad has yet to score in 2015 but Fernando Alonso finished narrowly outside of the points in 11th position in Bahrain, demonstrating the outfit's progress since the opening round in Australia.

Button believes that continuing this curve, rather than targeting a points finish, is preferable for the team.

"It depends what other people do," Button said when asked about McLaren's top 10 chances. "If every other team has a good weekend then it’ll be really difficult to score points but Fernando out qualified one Red Bull and Toro Rosso in Bahrain so it just means people weren’t getting their weekends together.

"If we can get our weekend together and other people don’t then we have a chance of scoring points.

"But if we score a point we won’t be jumping up and down for joy, it’s not our aim, but the gap to the front is more important for us. [If the] gap to the front was eight tenths smaller or three tenths smaller, that’s what matters rather than just P10."

Button believes that the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya will suit the squad compared to the layout in Bahrain, but reckons the upcoming Monaco Grand Prix should present an opportunity for the team.

"The middle pack is very close for the taking maybe, so looking forward to that challenge and also that this circuit should suit us better than Bahrain – [it'll] definitely suit me better than the race in Bahrain as I’ll hopefully go around this time!

"Then we have Monaco which should be a good step forward as we have new parts, as well as it’s a low speed circuit with not many straights which will help Red Bull & Toro Rosso as well."

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