Button backs Whitmarsh amid car troubles
18 June 2013 – Jenson Button has leapt to the defence of McLaren Team Principal Martin Whitmarsh following the outfit's worst start to a Formula 1 season in four years, arguing that he is "the best leader" to guide it through its current on-track difficulties.
Having failed to finish a Grand Prix higher than fifth so far this year McLaren sits sixth in the Constructors' standings on a total of 37 points, 14 behind nearest rivals Force India and 164 [more than six race victories] behind current leaders Red Bull.
However, despite the Woking-based squad's current performance woes, 2009 World Champion Button insists that the entire workforce remains united behind Whitmarsh.
"As far as I know everyone's united, yes," Button explained in an interview with Sky Sports. "Martin is a really good leader and he's a proper human being as well. He's a guy that you can trust, you can believe in. I feel that everyone at the factory, all the people I speak to when I'm there feel exactly the same.
"It's so difficult for a Team Principal when a team that normally wins Grands Prix suddenly isn't winning Grands Prix, but I think he is the best leader to bring us through this difficult time."
Although Button is not expecting any major strides at Silverstone next weekend, he hopes the fast, flowing nature of the circuit will play to the MP4-28’s strengths.
"Fighting for a win is going to be very difficult for here, and I know that's what the British fans want, but I don't think we're going to be able to give them that," Button admitted ahead of his home Grand Prix. "But we're going to do the best job we can and fight for as many points as we can, so you never know what the end result can be.
"This is a very different circuit to the last race. It's a lot smoother, it's a lot faster, it's a lot more flowing and it suits our car a lot more. We don't know what the weather's going to do; I hope it's going to be dry after looking at our experiences of Canada."