Button says McLaren has a point to prove

By on Monday, April 14, 2014
Jenson Button in his cockpit.

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Jenson Button says that McLaren has a point to prove at this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix following a disappointing result in Bahrain.

Button was running in fifth place after the safety car period but slipped back before being forced to retire due to a clutch issue.

Button does not believe that the characteristics of the Shanghai International Circuit will necessarily play to the strengths of the MP4-29 but the Brit is buoyed by McLaren's past performances at the circuit.

"I think we head to China with a bit of a point to prove – we need to get some points on the board, and get another race under our belts that demonstrates the pace that we feel this year’s car has," he said.

"That won’t necessarily be straightforward – Bahrain showed that, the top two cars aside, the racing this year is fast, fraught and very evenly matched.

"The margins are so slim that it’ll require us to get everything right: a focused practice, problem-free qualifying sessions and a clean race to try and establish ourselves at the forefront of that chasing pack.

"But I’ve always enjoyed racing in China – I won here in 2010, and I’ve always had good results here for McLaren. While it’s not necessarily a track that perfectly suits our package, I think we can pull everything together and have a stronger weekend."


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