McLaren’s Jenson Button says that he will be heading to next weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix looking to ‘reboot’ his season.
Button finished in ninth place in Australia but retired from the Malaysian Grand Prix, leaving him 38 points behind championship leader Sebastian Vettel.
“The Chinese Grand Prix almost feels like something of a reboot of the start of my season. Taking home two points from the first two races obviously wasn’t what we had in mind at the beginning of the year, but I think everybody in the team has picked themselves up and really attacked the task of addressing our car’s issues”.
“We know where we’re losing performance, so I think we’re actually all looking forward to seeing just what we can achieve in Shanghai.”
McLaren has won in China in 2008, 2010 and 2011, a feat that gives Button confidence ahead of the event.
“I’ve always enjoyed racing here: our car has always performed well around this circuit and we’ve always seemed to be able to find a good balance between the slow stuff, the high-speed changes of direction and the drag-loss needed for the long straight. It’s a pretty good place for racing, too, because that straight offers such a good opportunity for slipstreaming and overtaking. I think we can have a pretty good race next weekend, too.”
Team principal Martin Whitmarsh is confident that the three week break will allow McLaren to make sufficient improvements.
“Clearly, our performance in Australia and Malaysia fell below the high standards we’ve come to expect,” he said.
“However, the three-week break between rounds two and three has been a useful one; we have been fully engaged in further developing our understanding of the MP4-28 and are confident of being able to implement a number of changes this weekend that will widen its operating window and, potentially, improve its performance.”