Button to leave nothing on table in 2014
26 January 2014 – Jenson Button has pledged to 'put everything' into the sport this season and has said he will 'leave nothing on the table' as he looks to return McLaren to winning ways.
Button has been left devastated since the sudden passing of his father, John, earlier this month, and admitted at the launch of the new MP4-29 on Friday, McLaren’s 2014 F1 challenger, that it is something he is still coming to terms with.
“Not very well,” he replied, according to British newspaper, The Daily Mail when asked how he is coping.
“Everything. Everything goes through your mind,” he added when it was put to him if he pondered taking a sabbatical, “but yeah that is all I have to say on that.
"I don’t want to talk about my private life just yet.”
“It has been very up and down as to whether I am actually looking forward to it [the new season], but I am now,” he continued. “There are good reasons to look forward to it.
“It is going to be a challenge for us all with the regulations, but it is an exciting challenge and there is so much for us to learn still. So, I am looking forward to a year where I am going to put everything into this sport and leave nothing on the table. I am looking forward to getting on with it next week.”
Button will run for McLaren on the opening two days of the Jerez test, but said he would remain around for days three and four too, when new team-mate and rookie Kevin Magnussen takes over.
“I will be doing the first few days. There will be a lot of downtime, but with my feedback and experience, it is very important to be in the car then,” he explained. “I am going to be hanging around after, when Kevin is running as well, because I think every hour counts for us to understand what we have underneath us.”
“You can’t get away from the fact that we had a bad year [in 2013]. [But] we go into the season the same as always and that is to fight for the world championship. Some might say it is a tricky year because we are with Mercedes this year and then we change next season [to Honda] but we don’t want a year like last year. That would hurt way too much. We want to have a good season and win races and that is what we are here to do and I think we can do that.”