Button: McLaren understands what to do
15 October 2013 – Jenson Button has said he thinks McLaren 'understands what it needs to do with next year’s car' in order to ensure they are more competitive and able to challenge the likes of Red Bull, Mercedes and Ferrari.
Button and McLaren have had to endure a dismal season and as yet have still to get a podium finish.
However, JB remains hopeful that 2014 will be different, although he doesn’t think the major regulation changes - including most notably the introduction of 1.6-litre turbo-charged engines - will shuffle the order too much.
“I think the important thing when you're building next year's car is to understand what's going to work and what's not going to work,” he told British newspaper, The Guardian. “We've been around the block and we've made the mistakes whereas Red Bull haven't, it doesn't seem, but we know exactly where we don't want to put the car. So it does narrow the window and I think we understand what to do with next year's car.
“I'm not saying it's going to be race-winning because no one knows, but I have a feeling we have a good understanding of why this car isn't.”
Asked about this year, Button conceded it has been tough: “It hurts like hell,” he added. “If you haven't ever won a grand prix or won a world championship it doesn't hurt quite as much but when you have been there and that's where you normally are, at least fighting for a world championship, even though it hasn't happened for a while, it really does hurt.
“I don't see this happening for long [though]. We have the whole of the factory, several hundred people – we have the resources to pull ourselves out of it, we have the expertise, it will happen, you have just got to hope that it happens next year.”
Meanwhile, in a separate report, it is being claimed that McLaren want the Englishman to finish his F1 career with them.
“McLaren have already taken up their one-year option on Button for next season, the final year of their engine deal with Mercedes,” read an article today in British newspaper, The Daily Mail.
“But the Woking-based team are already planning for 2015 and are ready to offer Button the chance of up to three more seasons as they strive to build a partnership with Honda which can rekindle the kind of success they enjoyed when Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost were behind the wheel.”