McLaren has the fastest car again, says Button
22 July 2012 – Jenson Button’s confidence has shot up after Hockenheim, with the Englishman now sure that McLaren has the quickest car once again. Finishing second after Sebastian Vettel’s penalty, the 2009 Champion was on the podium for the first time since China.
McLaren undoubtedly started 2012 with the most rapid chassis, as Lewis Hamilton and Button locked out the front rows of the Australian and Malaysian Grands Prix. The squad also led the Constructors’ Championship before Red Bull took control in Bahrain.
“We’ve done a good job and we have good pace,” Button told the press in Germany. “There is no-one quicker than us at the moment and so we can fight for the win at the next few races. Yes, I’ve had some difficult races earlier this year, but in the last two I’ve felt confident in both myself and the team. To fight for victory again here was a very special feeling.”
McLaren rolled out a raft of significant upgrades at Hockenheim this weekend, most noticeably new sidepods and a new rear wing. Exactly halfway through the 2012 Formula 1 campaign, the Woking outfit has moved back ahead of Lotus for third in the standings and is now just 17 points behind Ferrari. At the same time, McLaren out-scored Red Bull by four points in today's tenth of 20 races this season.