Button says McLaren 'not good enough'
20 April 2014 – Jenson Button has admitted that his McLaren team's performance level is simply "not good enough" after a lacklustre Chinese Grand Prix.
Having suffered a double Q2 elimination, the former World Champion and team-mate Kevin Magnussen struggled to 11th and 13th in the race.
Button is now pinning his hopes on upgrades for the Spanish Grand Prix.
"We've got some upgrades [coming for Barcelona], but we're a lot further behind than we were at the last race. I don't think people brought that much [for their cars] here, so I don't know what we're doing really.
"It's a disappointment. When you work so hard and you have such a bad result like this it's tough, especially back at the factory, so hopefully they can stay positive and update the car because this isn't good enough."
Button reckons McLaren's main struggles revolve around getting Pirelli's tyres to operate efficiently.
"I think it's a little bit like in wet conditions, when we can't get the fronts working," Button explained.
"The tyres just grain. We're maxed out on everything with the car, we're very high on the front wing , where we've never been before, so it's all very strange. Hopefully we'll solve it for the next race as it was pretty painful.
"I think the car is alright, but we can't get the tyres working and that's one of the biggest things in Formula 1."