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Posted on Sunday, March 15, 2015

Button encouraged by McLaren race finish

Jenson Button says he was encouraged to reach the finish of the Australian Grand Prix, despite coming home two laps down in 11th position. Button spent much of the race at the back of the pack though briefly battled with Sergio Perez, before falling back to last position. "We’re still a long way off, but this is a good starting point – and I enjoyed the race," he said. "I even had a good little battle with Checo [Perez]. Today also really helps in terms […]

Posted on Saturday, March 14, 2015

McLaren braced for difficult race after Q1 exit

McLaren pair Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen say they are braced for a problematic Australian Grand Prix after failing to make it out of Q1. Button finished the session in 17th place, with Magnussen in 18th, and the Briton is aware that he faces a steep challenge, having not yet completed a race run in the MP4-30. "This level of performance wasn’t a surprise for us: we knew from winter testing that the pace wasn’t there, so we knew we weren’t going to be competitive […]

Posted on Thursday, March 12, 2015

Magnussen admits McLaren expectations are low

McLaren stand-in driver Kevin Magnussen says that the squad's expectations for this weekend's Australian Grand Prix are low after a difficult pre-season. McLaren's Honda-powered MP4-30 endured several problems across testing, with track time limited as the squad rectified issues. Magnussen is standing in for Fernando Alonso, who suffered a concussion during a crash on the final day of the second test. "I would say quite low," Magnussen said when asked about McLaren's ambitions. "We’re struggling obviously with reliability, making the car run for a long […]

Posted on Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Button braced for steep learning curve

Jenson Button says that McLaren-Honda is braced for a steep learning curve at this weekend's season-opening Australian Grand Prix. Button's squad endured a troublesome pre-season campaign at Jerez and Barcelona, with the Honda-powered MP4-30 beset by issues which limited track time. "After the ups and downs of 2014, I feel that the challenge of 2015 is a completely new chapter in my career and I’m totally up for it," said Button, a three-time victor in Australia. "The team’s commitment to development and improvement, both in […]

Posted on Saturday, February 21, 2015

Button adamant of McLaren improvements

Jenson Button insists that McLaren will resolve the issues currently affecting the MP4-30 after the Briton endured another frustrating day of pre-season testing. Button was only able to complete 24 laps, the fastest of which was 4.8s off the pace, and stopped on track during the morning session, which put him out of action for much of the remainder of the day. "We’re not in for another tough season, but whether we’re ready for the first race or not, that’s something I can't answer right […]

Posted on Wednesday, February 11, 2015

McLaren, Sauber confirm Barcelona line-up

McLaren and Sauber have become the first two teams to announce their driver line-ups for next week's second pre-season test at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain. Jenson Button will drive McLaren's Honda-powered MP4-30 next Thursday and Friday, before team-mate Fernando Alonso assumes driving duties for the final two days of running at his home circuit. Brazilian rookie Felipe Nasr will commence the four day test for Sauber and will also drive the car on the final day of running, book-ending Marcus Ericsson's stint in […]

Posted on Monday, February 2, 2015

Button sure of McLaren progress

Jenson Button says he is sure that McLaren will get on top of its problems after the squad suffered a second troublesome day at Jerez. Button was able to complete only six laps, to add to the six laps that Fernando Alonso completed in the Honda-powered MP4-30 on Sunday. "We expected this test to be tricky - and the next two days probably won’t be plain sailing, either," said the Briton. "But people have short memories . Look at last winter - the first test […]

Posted on Sunday, December 14, 2014

Dennis sure McLaren has best line-up

McLaren boss Ron Dennis is sure that his team will have the best driver line-up of any team on the grid next season. McLaren has recruited Fernando Alonso to partner Jenson Button in 2015 and Dennis believes that his driver pairing will trump any of McLaren's rivals. "McLaren’s policy has always been to assemble the strongest line-up possible, and in Fernando and Jenson I firmly believe that is exactly what we have," he said. "Fernando and Jenson have started a combined total of precisely 500 […]

Posted on Saturday, December 13, 2014

Button eager for lengthy spell with McLaren

Jenson Button says he is excited to stay with McLaren for the return of engine supplier Honda and insists his new contract is for more than just a single season. Button was retained by the team and will line-up alongside Fernando Alonso in 2015, with the pair set for a long-term future with the squad. "I think we [McLaren and Button] both agree that more than one year is a must," he said. "This is a new project, an exciting project. To be part of […]

Posted on Thursday, December 11, 2014

McLaren-Honda announces Alonso and Button for 2015

McLaren has confirmed that Fernando Alonso will return to the team in 2015, with Jenson Button retained for a sixth successive season. 2014 race driver Kevin Magnussen will stay on at the team in a test and reserve driver role. Alonso left Ferrari after five years with the squad and will now re-join McLaren, the team which he raced for in 2007. "I am joining this project with enormous enthusiasm and determination, knowing that it may require some time to achieve the results we are […]

Posted on Wednesday, December 10, 2014

New rumours take hold amid McLaren driver delay

As the McLaren wait rolls on, the British team is continuing to take criticism for leaving Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen in the lurch. "What is happening at McLaren is unworthy of such a team," Mika Hakkinen, who won both his titles with the Woking outfit, is quoted by Blick newspaper. At the same time, it is obvious that there is more to the situation than simply the dithering of McLaren supremo Ron Dennis. Spain's AS newspaper claims McLaren wants its driver decision to coincide […]

Posted on Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Button: It's a strange situation

Jenson Button has resorted to jokes as McLaren's farcical delay in announcing its 2015 driver lineup drags on. "I have a new Japanese phone number," said the 2009 world champion. "Maybe that's why I haven't heard anything." The British veteran was attending the annual Autosport awards, as was McLaren's team boss Eric Boullier. Amid growing criticism of McLaren's dithering, Boullier said he hoped the waiting will end within "days". "It's a matter of days, I hope," said the Frenchman, "because we all want to know […]