Button: Pace in car generally there
18 March 2014 – Jenson Button believes McLaren is now capable of fighting every team, with the exception of Mercedes.
Button finished third in the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday, and with rookie team-mate, Kevin Magnussen one spot ahead and second, it was a great start to the 2014 Formula 1 season for the Woking-based outfit, especially given McLaren’s miserable form last year.
“I think we can be very proud of the job we did,” Button remarked after the opening round in the championship. “I don’t think we expected to be leading the Constructors’ World Championship at the end of this weekend, but I think the pace in the car is generally there: in clear air, we seem capable of fighting every team except one. I’m really looking forward now to getting back in the car in Malaysia.”
Pressed on when McLaren might be able to win again, the 2009 F1 World Champion added it was too soon to say: “We're here to win, we're here to fight for the championship,” he continued in a separate interview with Press Association Sport. “I don't know when a win will happen, but it's what we are working towards.”
“We have upgrades for the next race, but I still don't think it will be enough to challenge them [Mercedes] just yet,” he continued. “If it can put us into the gap between them and everyone else then that will be a good step forward. We just have to keep pushing the team for upgrades, but they have already got their heads down and there is some good stuff coming in the pipeline.”