McLaren has turned a corner, says Button
25 March 2014 – Jenson Button feels that McLaren has "turned a corner" with the design of its 2014 Formula 1 challenger.
Last season, McLaren endured a torrid term as it struggled to get on top of its MP4-28, with the outfit failing to record a victory for the first time in seven years and also missing out on the podium for the first time since 1980.
But in Australia, following the exclusion of Daniel Ricciardo's Red Bull, Button and team-mate Kevin Magnussen secured a double rostrum finish, leaving the Briton in a positive mood about the upcoming Malaysian Grand Prix.
"Australia was a really motivational race for the entire team," Button explained. "Even though we still have work to do, it feels like we've turned a corner, and that we have a racecar we can definitely work with this year.
"It's important that we keep pushing hard on the development front – we brought useful upgrades to Melbourne, and it was encouraging that they worked straight out of the box, but it's essential that we keep pushing new items through the development pipeline, especially at these flyaway races, where it's harder to bring new parts."
Magnussen reckons Malaysia will provide a greater challenge for the team, but the 21-year-old Dane is confident of adding to his points tally and hopes to prolong McLaren's stay at the top of the Constructors' standings.
"I think it'll be a tougher test than Australia – the ambient temperatures will make it tougher for the drivers; and the track temperatures will be higher too, which will make it harder on the tyres," Magnussen commented.
"My aim will be to score more points – consistency is going to be very important – and to keep learning.
"I'm really looking forward to it – the car feels fantastic to drive, and I hope we'll have another good weekend."