Coulthard: Button will be stronger in 2011
10 November 2010 – Formula 1 driver turned BBC television pundit David Coulthard believes Jenson Button has done well this year at McLaren – and he is confident the 2009 World Champion will be more competitive in 2011, what will be his second season with the Woking-based outfit.
Button opted to leave Brawn GP – now Mercedes GP – and make the switch to McLaren for 2010 and while many predicted he would struggle up against fellow countryman Lewis Hamilton, he has more than held his own and took two inspired wins in Australia and China at the start of the season.
Writing in his regular column for The Daily Telegraph, Coulthard, who won 13 grand’s prix during his time in the sport from 1994-2008, added he has generally been impressed with how the 30-year-old has performed.
“Jenson has been the David Seaman of the pit-lane. A safe pair of hands. He has made virtually no errors that I can think of, he has handled himself well at all times and has been a positive influence on Lewis,” DC wrote.
“Jenson mentioned on Saturday that it has been disruptive switching race and data engineers at various times this year. He was accused in some quarters of making excuses.
“Speaking from my own experience, I can say that it does make a real difference when you develop a very close relationship with your engineer.
“Trust and recalling previous events are hugely important, particularly when making changes to set-up with limited track time.
“I think it is reasonable to expect that with the input Jenson will have had in the development of next year’s car, plus the relationships he has forged, we can expect him to be stronger in 2011.”