Button: A win in 2013 is going to be difficult

21 July, 2013

Jenson Button not expecting miracles from the McLaren MP4-28 in Hungary or beyond

Jenson Button not expecting miracles from the McLaren MP4-28 in Hungary or beyond

A grand prix drivers’ first grand win is always a special occasion, and for Jenson Button the 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix will forever be etched in his memory, as it was there that he scored his first of 15 Formula 1 career race wins, but this time around he does not believe that he is in with a chance of winning.

Speaking ahead of this year’s edition of the race Button declared, “Of course, a win in 2013 is going to be difficult, but I actually think the team is working very well right now: in Germany, our tyre-usage, strategy and management of the race was as good as it’s ever been.”

Jenson Button won the 2011 Hungarian GP

Jenson Button won the 2011 Hungarian GP

The McLaren MP4-28 – one of the worst F1 cars to come out of Woking – was so bad ‘out of the box’ that the team seriously contemplated ditching and bringing back last year’s more effective MP4-27, and the 2009 world champion hints that a slightly more effective piece of kit whith which to ply his trade with would make a difference.

“It would be good to have a car with a little more pace to enable those calls to have a bit more impact at the front of the pack, but, for the moment, we can be satisfied by doing the best possible job in qualifying and on Sunday afternoon,” said Button.

He went on to recall his maiden grand prix victory in 2006 driving for Honda, “That was one of those days when everything went right, the car was a dream to drive and I just brought it home. Every victory in Formula 1 is special, but that’s right up there as one of my favourite days in the car.”

2006 Hungarian GP winner winner Jenson Button

2006 Hungarian GP winner winner Jenson Button

Button also won for McLaren two years ago and obviously has a soft spot for the venue in Mogyoród, near Budapest, “Great circuit, great place. I have so many positive memories of racing at the Hungaroring – obviously, I won my first grand prix there back in 2006, which was incredibly emotional – and also feels such a long time ago now! – and I also won my 200th race there back in 2011.” (GP247)

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  • hillside

    so Mclaren is in F1 this season?? i didn’t noticed.

  • realf1fan

    McLaren to busy making cartoons about their fifty years in f1.

  • McLarenfan

    @hillside & realf1fan:
    OUCH you two are so pessimistic McLaren can turn it around have FAITH

  • Lol.

    @McLarenfan

    How can they possibly turn this season around? They’ve done a worse job than 2009.

  • Ben

    So Lewis knew something that we don’t so he jumped ship?

  • F1 Neutral

    Jens is a nice guy and I’m glad that he’s got the title of world champ at least once, but he seems to have only one or two good drives in him per year. Webber, Rubens, may more seem the same.

    Button has always moaned about the car when it’s not perfect, and we all know what happened in 2009 when everyone else got their double diffuser – he didn’t win another race in that car.

    Lewis would have put that McLaren in a few podium places this season. He managed some remarkable drives with the poor 2009 car towards the middle/end of the season.

    I just don’t think that Jens has the raw ability to do anything with a car, unless it is perfect underneath him. I still think he’s a genuinely decent guy on the grid though.

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